May 11, 2014
Categories: General News
Tabor College alumna, Christina Addison, won the Wichita Prairie Fire Half Marathon on Sunday, May 4 with a time of one hour, 31 minutes and 34 seconds.
“My hope was to improve my half marathon time from 1:29 to 1:25,” Addison said. “My starting pace was 6:40 per mile. At mile six, my plan was to pick up the pace to 6:20. However, my tired legs set in and I ended up slowing down. I knew I was in the lead and if I could hold my pace, I would keep the lead.”
Addison kept the lead and won the race. However, she was not even expected to run in the race in Wichita considering she ran the Boston Marathon on April 21.
“Since the Wichita Prairie Fire Half Marathon was only a couple weeks from the Boston Marathon, my mom and I were uncertain about registering. However, our bodies recovered well and we just had tired legs.”
Addison finished the Boston Marathon 426th in her division, 526th among females and 4,989th overall with a time of three hours, 13 minutes and 47 seconds.
“Running the Boston marathon was one of the best race experiences I’ve had,” Addison added. “From spectators, to other runners, there was never a time when I was running alone.”
Addison said that having support all around her, throughout the entire race, helped her improve her time dramatically.
“The positive atmosphere and having other runners to push me helped me improve my time by six minutes,” Addison said. “My entry time for Boston was 3:19 and my finish time was 3:13.”
Her biggest cheerleader and teammate in Boston was definitely her mother.
“The best part of the marathon was getting the opportunity to share this memory with my mom, who also qualified. Our next goal is to qualify for the New York City Marathon which is 20 minutes faster than the Boston qualifying standard – 3:10 for my age group and 3:30 for my mom’s age group.”
Addison, a native of Valley Center, graduated from Tabor in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in health and physical education. She ran track at Tabor from 2008-2010 and currently holds the school’s marathon record. She was also an All-KCAC performer in the 5k and 10k.
Addison’s former track coach at Tabor College, Dave Kroeker, praised her athletic ability.
“She could set her body on cruise control and run forever,” Kroeker said. “She is also the only athlete I have ever recruited at Sonic.”
Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Tabor College, echoed Kroeker’s sentiments about Addison’s passion for pounding the pavement.
“Christina was an outstanding student-athlete at Tabor College,” Allen said. “I know she has continued her love for competitive running. God has given her a gift and it is exciting to see her being so successful. It makes the entire athletic department proud when our alumni achieve success after graduating.”