Marathons have been no exception to the COVID-19 pandemic. The London Marathon was scheduled for this month, and didn’t happen due to the pandemic.
Glenda Adams of Madison had a spot in this year’s London Marathon through a lottery system.
“There is the six marathon world majors. New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and Toyko. So I was super excited when I got the lottery slot,” said Adams. “We had all these plans. We were going to go over there for a couple of weeks and take some tours.”
Even though she wasn’t halfway across the world, she still found a way to run a marathon in London. London, Wisconsin.
Adams, originally from Austin, Texas has run 21 marathons in about a decade. She ran the Chicago, New York and Boston Marathons in the same year.
Adams set up a marathon in London, Wisconsin instead. She did it on April 26. The same day the actually 2020 London Marathon would’ve happened.
She had things like cardboard cut outs of the Queen of England, and Big Ben, the clock tower she would’ve run past in England set up on the course in Wisconsin.
She also had some of her friends and family watch her cross the finish line in Wisconsin. Even though this marathon wasn’t in another country, it might be one of the most memorable ones she’s ever run.
“I think I had as much fun as I did doing a major marathon with 20,000 people in it, said Adams. “The people that were cheering were people I knew for the most part. It was a good experience.”
Adams will have the opportunity to run in the 2021 London Marathon next year.