‘Perfect’ Boston Marathon for Omaha Amramp owners


Posted on April 22, 2011

Not only did Amramp  of Omaha owners Todd and Bridgette Torring complete the 2011 Boston Marathon,  the high-school sweethearts ran the entire 26.2 miles side-by-side and finished  together. Bridgette’s official finish time – just one second a head of Todd –  was 4:02:59 on a sunny and windy Monday in Massachusetts.

Although she did not  meet her personal best of 3:43, Boston marks Bridgette’s sixth marathon. Todd  returned to the Boston Marathon for a second time and has now completed seven  marathons with a personal best of 3:13: both highly commendable times for  runners who didn’t start marathons until they hit age 40.

Boston has one of the  most challenging courses of any U.S. marathon, mostly downhill at the start but  with several difficult hills starting at the 16-mile mark, culminating in  “Heartbreak Hill” around the 20-mile mark in Newton.

But the couple  enjoyed Boston despite its challenges. “We were able to talk during the race and  strategize because I had been there before,” Todd said. “It was a good time, we  enjoyed the sights and all of the people who came out and supported the race.  There’s no other race like it! It’s just a great, great event. Since it was  Bridgette’s first Boston Marathon, just qualifying for that race and running it  was a good experience for her. She really enjoyed it.”

They were also  fortunate to have excellent weather: “It was absolutely a perfect, perfect day,”  Todd said. “The Boston Marathon hasn’t had weather like that in years. It was  ideal conditions for running. You couldn’t ask for a better day to run that  race.” In fact,  Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set the record for fastest marathon ever recorded at  2:03:02.

When they weren’t  racing, the Torrings enjoyed Boston, even shared a few beers with fellow racers  from Omaha at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Immediately following the race, they  traded race stories at the “packed-with-runners” Marriott Copley  Place.

Jut two days after  the marathon, Todd returned to operating Amramp of Nebraska and Bridgette was  teaching: the “normal swing of things.” The Boston  Marathon won’t be their last race together.

“We definitely want  to keep running marathons,” Todd said. “We’re taking the next week and a half  off and then running a half marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska, to benefit Team World  Vision, which raises money for children in Africa. I am also going to train all  summer and hope to run another full marathon in the fall.”

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