, Newburyport, MA


March 10, 2014

Stopped by bombing, Port native returning to finish what she started


“At first I was really nervous about having to raise all the money and nervous about what I was thinking making this leap from 5Ks to a marathon,” she said. “There were a lot of people who questioned whether I’d be able to do it, and finishing was the coolest feeling in the world, I just couldn’t believe that I did it.”

Seely joked that her claim to fame is that she was one of the last women recorded before organizers closed the course, so her time wasn’t anything to brag about, but she did raise $4,166 for the charity. After working as a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in 2012, she laced up her shoes again last year and ran the race for the second time.

“Last year it was great training, another great team and great coaches, but we all know what happened,” she said. “It was confusing and hard to wrap my head around what was happening when the news was finally broken to me.”

Seely said that it was total confusion in the immediate aftermath of the attack, and that it took her three hours to figure out how she was going to get home. She said it helped a lot that she had some teammates and a coach with her when things turned ugly, and once she was finally reunited with her family she was relieved to find out that everyone was ok.

Going into next month’s race, Seely said she’s found peace in running and isn’t afraid of another attack. One thing that still haunts her, however, is the specter of cancer. Last year, Joan Rogers, her old neighbor on Buck Street, died of the disease 14 days before the marathon, and then this past September, Seely’s mother had a battle with breast cancer, which she survived.

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