For Jean Schmidt, the Flying Marathon was about more than
setting a personal best. It was about overcoming the fear many American have
felt since the Boston Marathon bombings.
The former congresswoman ran in her 100th marathon on Sunday alongside her daughter, Emilie. It was Schmidt's first
marathon since she ran with her twin sister in Boston.
With her daughter at her side, Jean Schmidt achieved her best time in years
at the Flying Pig.
"We've planned this a year ago and we've been training
together," explains Schmidt. "[Emilie]
pushed me the whole way. She's an incredible runner and this is the fastest
that I have done in the past 10 years."
Schmidt attributes much of her success to Boston.
"All of the anger and all of the pain I have had since
Boston, I have poured out on this course," Schmidt told FOX19. "It's hopefully
closure for me because I so needed to [run] again for those wonderful people in
So what was going through Jean Schmidt's mind as she ran her
100th marathon? Schmidt tells FOX19 that one song pushed her to the
"I'm not a Neil
Diamond fan at all, but I have fallen in love with the song Sweet Caroline. I
absolutely love it and sang it the whole way because it means so much to
Boston. Because it means so much to Boston, it means so much to me."
A Cincinnati native, Schmidt felt pride for her hometown
following the Flying Pig.
"I'm so proud of this city and I'm so happy I could do my
100th in the greatest city in the world, Cincinnati Ohio."