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Madison teacher completes Boston Marathon at home

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Maisel finished her marathon Wednesday morning as the community at Madison Station Elementary cheers her on as she runs the last half-mile of her race. (Source: Facebook) Maisel finished her marathon Wednesday morning as the community at Madison Station Elementary cheers her on as she runs the last half-mile of her race. (Source: Facebook)
Maisel with her parents at Madison Station Elementary just before completing her last half mile. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jessica Bowman) Maisel with her parents at Madison Station Elementary just before completing her last half mile. (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jessica Bowman)
(Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jessica Bowman) (Source: MSNewsNow Reporter Jessica Bowman)
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A teacher in Madison County had nearly completed the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon when the explosions occurred.

Stephanie Maisel was running when the bombs went off a half-mile before she reached the finish line of the race. Maisel wasn't hurt, but wanted to complete the marathon in honor of those who were injured and the three individuals who tragically lost their lives.

Maisel finished her marathon Wednesday morning as the community at Madison Station Elementary cheered her on. She ran two laps around the school's track beginning at 11 a.m.

The idea for Maisel to complete the race came from 8-year-old Madison Station Elementary student Sierra Sharp.

"Well, I was really sad from the tragedy that happened and I just, it was her goal to run the Boston Marathon and finish. So, since she didn't finish, I felt really sad and so I just made up this idea so she could finish," Sierra said. "It was really important to me because we like love Mrs. Maisel and we just were so sad and we were really emotional just to make sure she was okay."

Principal Beverly Johnston readily agreed when Kimberly Sharp, Sierra's mother, called to ask if it was possible.

"We are going to let her finish her half-mile," Johnston said. "[Maisel] knows we're doing this, and she's very emotional about it."

Maisel said she and other runners around her didn't know what had happened when the bombs went off, but then their phones started lighting up with messages.

"Everybody was saying there was an explosion at the finish. We weren't moving so I sat down because I was very fatigued," recalls Maisel.

Maisel had been on track to cross the finish line about the time of the explosions but foot pain slowed her down.

Maisel, a cellist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, was running as part of the Up with Downs team and the Boston Police Runners Club to raise money for charities, including The Little Lighthouse.

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