Loomis lady ready to run Boston Marathon

Monday marks 2nd time Placer High grad will compete in Massachusetts event
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Jenny Winger has already finished all of the hard work.

The 1981 Placer High School alumna, who resides in Loomis, has been running through the Penryn hills and the back roads of the basin. She’s done her training on the track at Del Oro High School and the highlands near Sierra College.

Now she’s ready — although anxiously waiting — for the big day.

“I’m looking forward to running the Boston Marathon,” said Winger, who qualified for the prestigious Massachusetts race in 2011 at the California International Marathon. “It will be my second time. I trained really hard this time. I’m hoping to do better and do better on the hills late in the race.”

Winger will set foot on the Beantown course on April 15 — also known as Patriots’ Day to some in New England or Tax Day to the rest of us.

Winger’s time of 3 hours, 54 minutes and 51 seconds at the California International Marathon, which started in Folsom and ended at the capitol in Sacramento, was nine seconds better than the cutoff for qualifying for Boston.

“It’s a good testament to staying strong at the end and running the end of the race and not giving up,” the 50-year-old Winger said of her clocking.

While she figures to improve off of her 2011 outing in Boston, she doesn’t project herself to be anywhere near the finish line when the first pack of runners approach the 26-mile mark.

“You never know,” Winger said when asked about her chances of winning the race. “But I’ll be getting at the halfway point about the time people will win the race. This year, I don’t think my chances are too good.”

Nonetheless, Winger has been prepping relentlessly with friends, such as Sabrina Donohue and Laura Haase-Yamada, and family, including her husband Bryan and sons Matthew and Christopher.

Winger will be leaving for the East Coast on Saturday with her mother, Angie Boyd of Rocklin. The two will stay for 10 days to do some sightseeing, including stops at Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Bryan, a CPA, won’t be able to make the cross-country trek.

And if you need an explanation as to why, you might want to seek his help on getting your tax return filed before Winger crosses the finish the line.

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