Trail’s Mike Hendriks was able to cross another one off his bucket list after running in the Boston Marathon on Sunday.

Trail’s Mike Hendriks was able to cross another one off his bucket list after running in the Boston Marathon on Sunday.

DistanceRunning: Trail man races to great finish at Boston Marathon

Trail runner Mike Hendriks joined close to 40,000 other participants in the Boston Marathon on Sunday.

Trail runner Mike Hendriks  joined close to 40,000 other participants in one of the world’s biggest events on Sunday,  as he legged out a personal best time in the Boston Marathon.

Hendriks completed the 26.2-mile marathon in a time of two hours, 53 minutes and 43 seconds, a personal best for the 31-year-old Fortis worker.

“I wouldn’t have traded it for anything especially this year,” said Hendriks. “It was always my plan to qualify for 2014 . . . but then the bombings happened and it really doubled my resolve to get out there and do it.”

Bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, in which Fruitvale runner Heather Johnson competed, killed three people and injured close to 300. While Hendriks was mindful of a potential threat, he was not too concerned about running in 2014.

“I wasn’t worried,” said Hendriks. “I mean you always wonder what could happen . . . but I think the city was out in full force, and they were keen to show that this isn’t going to keep them down or the whole sport of running really. It was great, the energy was just incredible.”

Hendriks ran his first marathon just two years ago in Vancouver where he just missed qualifying for Boston. However, a year of training later, he qualified for Boston after completing the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon last May in 3:01, four minutes to spare for the 3:05 qualifying time. He finished the race in 17th  place out of close to 500 runners in his category.

But the Fortis worker didn’t start out like most competitive runners, spending years training in track or long-distance running, or building stamina with triathlon groups like Greater Trail’s High Altitude Triathlon Club.

Hendriks mapped out his own plan.

“I have a 16-week training plan that I just kind of got off the web that I thought it was going to be a good one, and I’ve used that two, three years in a row, and it’s served me well.”

To run in Boston was a unique opportunity for the Trail native, and while the support and atmosphere was electric as millions lined the route that started in Hopkinton, New England, and ended near John Hancock Tower in Copley Square in Boston, the sheer volume of runners and spectators was overwhelming.

“It was great, I think saying there were a million people along the course would be probably conservative,” said Hendriks. “There’s probably a lot of people that draw energy off that kind of crowd, but living in Trail, and having my quiet, serene environment, I actually found it a little bit distracting.”

Running a marathon anywhere is not a walk in the park, and hitting the proverbial wall is inevitable says Hendriks.

“Thirty kilometres is kind of the mark when people hit the wall. But I went over the 30-K mark, and went ‘Okay, I’m not doing too bad here.’”

Hendriks finished in the top five per cent of participants, an incredible accomplishment considering his relatively brief running history.

It was an unforgettable experience for the Trail native, and while he will continue running marathons, with his soon to be son or daughter on the way, a return to Boston will have to wait.

“I would like to do it again sometime, but for now I’m happy to go back to my small events like Creston, and Vancouver is always a fun one to knock off in a weekend.”

Just Posted

Adrian Moyls is the Selkirk College Class of 2021 valedictorian and graduate of the School of Health and Human Services. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College valedictorian proves mettle in accomplishment

Adrian Moyls is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Services

A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo
Study casts new light on poverty in the West Kootenay

Nine communities in region have more low-income residents than provincial average

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane was unhurt after crash-landing in a Como Road orchard Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Plane crash lands into Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured

RCMP have secured the crash site, pending investigation by Transport Canada

Author John Vaillant joins Lisa Moore and Fred Wah for Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s Alumni Reading on Friday, July 9. All three authors were featured at the inaugural festival in 2012. Photo: Submitted
FESTIVAL TALES: When 2012 meets 2021

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival will include authors from the event’s inaugural year

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

Most Read