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Pregnant Moncton woman finishes Boston Marathon

Thirty-two weeks along? No problem for Julie McGivery

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 18, 2017

BOSTON, Mass., U.S.A. – In another month or so, a baby will be born in Moncton, N.B., whose parents will have a story to tell for the rest of his or her life.
Thirty-two weeks pregnant, Julie McGivery of Moncton ran the Boston Marathon yesterday.
“It went great for me,” said the 36-year-old mom. “My only goal was to start and finish happy and healthy, with a great story and lesson to tell my kids someday.”
McGivery finished at around the 6:50 mark, after having qualified with a 3:35 time. She learned she was pregnant on the same day she received her confirmation letter from the Boston Athletic Association.

Julie McGivery of Moncton completed the Boston Marathon on Monday despite being 32 weeks along in her pregnancy.

It was her first appearance at the event, but she vowed it would not be her last.
“It was an epic experience that I will forever remember as my first Boston,” she said. “I will be back as a non-pregnant runner and will run it with intensity but, this year, it was a family event.
“I hope I can inspire others to achieve their goals, to be active during pregnancy and to never give up on a dream,” she added.
How was she feeling the day after the big race?
“I feel like I ran a marathon yesterday,” she said, with a laugh. “Stairs and toilets are a challenge, but otherwise I feel normal.”