By Dan Guttenplan
---- — Maddy Hribar had nothing but positive thoughts after crossing the Boston Marathon finish line in April.
The Newburyport resident had the top local finish — 152nd overall among women — in 3:01.17. It was her best Boston Marathon performance in three attempts, and she narrowly missed her stretch goal of breaking three hours by 77 seconds.
“Running Boston is always an amazing experience, and this year was definitely a special race,” Hribar said. “When I crossed the finish line, I was elated to beat my previous best. I was trying to go sub-3, so I was ecstatic. All of that went out the window a couple of minutes later. Really, nothing mattered by the end of the day except for the people who were killed and injured.”
Hribar will look to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings Sunday when she runs the final eight legs of the One Run For Boston Relay. The relay started in Venice Beach in Los Angeles June 7, and will track 3,000 miles and 300 stages before the end of the weekend. Hribar will follow the baton from the point it reaches Massachusetts in Douglas through the finish line on Boylston Street, roughly 50 miles in total.
Hribar, 29, expects to run the first few legs through Massachusetts alongside one or two other relay runners. More than 500 runners are expected to run the final stage, approximately 51/2 miles into Boston.
“I want to get involved,” Hribar said. “It’s pretty big. We’re trying to keep everybody together for the relay, but I’m sure logistics will be tricky at the end with so many people running. Hopefully we can all stay together, and I know it will be an emotional time at the finish line on Boylston.”
In total, 1,784 runners have raised $69,207 through the relay’s website as of 6 p.m. last evening. All proceeds from the race will go to One Fund Boston, which is a charity that will benefit marathon bombing victims and their families. Those interested in donating or sponsoring Hribar’s effort can visit www.onerunforboston.org.
Hribar learned about the race through a friend, Gary Allen, who is the race director for the Great Cranberry Island 50K Ultramarathon in Maine. Hribar, who specializes in ultramarathons, is training for the Leadville Trail 100 Run in Colorado in August.
“I’m training for my second 100-miler, and I’ve done a couple of 50s,” Hribar said. “My dad was a serious runner. He ran the Boston Marathon when I was 6 weeks old, so I come by it honestly. I started getting into it seriously in 2009.”
Hribar, who works in the fitness industry for New Balance, moved to Newburyport in 2010 a few years after graduating Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She didn’t run competitively in college, although she has picked up the pace of late. In the last year alone, she has competed in the 50-mile Pineland Trail Festival in Maine, the 24-Hour Around the Lake Race in Massachusetts, the Pine Creek Challenge 100-Mile Race in Pennsylvania, the Rhode Island 6-Hour Race and the Hat Trail Run 50K in Maryland.