An unknowing spectator could have been confused Saturday - were they watching the Race to Robie Creek or the Boston Marathon?
Five days removed from the explosions in Boston, the participants in Boise paid homage to their compatriots.
One runner had "4 Boston" painted on her calf. Others printed out replica Boston Marathon running bibs and wore them along with their Robie bibs. Still others wore T-shirts with the time of the first explosion: "4:09 B Strong."
Boise's Rachael Bickerton finished in Boston about 45 minutes before the explosions rocked the finish line. She said it was difficult to keep her emotions in check as she ran Robie.
"I cried when they mentioned the Boston runners in the beginning," she said. "As the days have gone on, it's gotten worse. It's gotten harder. It just catches you when you're not expecting it. I'm not normally emotional when I run, so when I crossed the finish line I wasn't expecting it."
More tears came.
The emotions are still raw for Bickerton, but this much she knows: She's running Boston again next year with her buddies. "Last night, we all booked hotel rooms and we're all going back," she said.
Reed Huskey was waving an American flag as he crossed the finish line.
"To be honest, I didn't run with it the whole way," he said. "I came here yesterday and placed it somewhere, so I ran with it the last quarter-mile. It was motivation to get to that point, and then when I had it, everyone cheered."
YOUNG AND FAST
Spectators cheered as the first 10 runners crossed the finish line. They gasped when the 11th runner crossed.
Jackson Brill ran Robie in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 27 seconds at age 14.
Brill is no stranger to half-marathons. He's already run about a dozen of them. And there appears to be no stopping him. He slashed 17 minutes off his time from last year.
"It was a fun day," he said. "Near the top was a little tough, but there were always people around encouraging me and cheering me on."
Brill attends North Junior High and hopes to compete for Boise High next year as a sophomore.
"Hopefully, I'll be in the top 10 next year," he said. "In a few years, maybe I can challenge for the win."
Chris Langrill: 377-6424