Sioux Falls woman completes her 100th marathon

Published: Sep. 9, 2018 at 9:47 PM CDT
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Hundreds of runners were up early to complete the Sioux Falls marathon.

It's a goal many people hope to reach in their lifetime, but for one Sioux Falls woman, just one marathon wasn't enough.

From the halls of Roosevelt High School to the Sioux Falls marathon course. Assistant principal Laura Raeder has officially completed 100 marathons in less than a decade.

"We do understand the joy that comes with running," she said. "Originally it was always getting better and improving time. And then after a while, you do enjoy the friendships and the relationships that you build through running. You just keep running."

For Laura, the love of running didn't start until after college.

"Our daughter was kind of a normal student in high school really went out for debate, never was on any track team, anything. Athletics she hated," Pam Raeder, her mother, said. "And then she kind of got the bug from her sister who ran a marathon, and it kind of started in Chicago and kind of took off from there.

"I thought I'd give it a shot," Laura said. "I can't let my sister outdo me."

All these marathons weren't just completed here, Laura crossed the finish line in all 50 states and even all seven continents.

"Then she said, 'I'm going for 100!' And we said yeah, but she did," Pam said. "She made it today. And she wanted her last one to be here. So, this summer we did three in four days."

Laura gave beginning runners some advice saying just to get out there and start with a 5K or even a run around the block.

Now after completing her incredible goal, she had only one thought in mind.

"I would love to sit down," Laura said. "That's what I'm waiting for."

Now that she has completed her 100th marathon, she has now run over 2,000 miles, 2,620 to be exact. Plus, hundreds of miles she put into training.

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