JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi was well represented this past Monday at the 123rd annual Boston Marathon!
An Olde Towne Middle School teacher completes the race and brings home a medal.
“The Boston Marathon was so exciting because the whole city of Boston shuts down! Everyone comes out to cheer on the runners!”
You might remember this familiar face, earlier this year Ann Smith Assistant Principal Adam Frazier popped the the big question!
But that’s not the only exciting thing to happen to this history teacher this year.
Peri Winborne ran the 26 miles and crossed the Boston Marathon Finish Line all to prove to her students (and herself) that hard work and determination is all it takes!
“It has always been a life goal. I never thought I would achieve it this early in life. It is something I have always wanted to do. If you are a runner it’s like your holy grail!”
Winborne says the road to success wasn’t easy, but then she remembered one important thing.
“All of my students knew that I was running so the whole time I would think about them and think, Okay I wanna be able to go back and tell them I ran the whole thing without walking!’”
Familiar faces at the end of the finish line also motivated Winborne to push through.
“Around mile 25 I hear my name and I see my parents and my fiance and that was motivation to get all the way through.”
Winborne reminds us if you want to achieve a lifelong goal, “Put your mind to it! Just do it! You have to make up your mind that you’re gonna do it. You have to put in the work. I put in months of hard work! You can always surprise yourself and accomplish your goals way before you think you can accomplish it!"