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BOSTON (CBS) — A pair of Midwestern STEM teachers head east for the 125th running of the Boston Marathon. Both Patrick Fischer of Pingree Grove, Illinois, and Jackie Henderson of West Liberty, Iowa, will join the teaching team at Tata Consultancy Services this year.
For Patrick, this will be the end of his trio of “Big Three American” races. He has run Chicago twice, New York in 2018 and now Boston.
Each year, TCS selects a teacher from each state to be part of the Boston Marathon team.
Jackie wants to compete in all six major world marathons. She has completed London, Berlin, New York and Chicago. Now she will be in Boston with only Tokyo left.
Jackie has done them all with her son, Elliot. She said it deepened their relationship and they raised a lot of money for charity.
“I keep telling him, Elliot, that’s what I want you to take away from this,” Jackie said. “We can help others on their way.”
Both Jackie and Patrick use classroom running to inspire their students and teach life lessons.
“I want people to move,” Jackie said. “I want people to help each other on their way. And I want people to dream big. And if we can encompass all those ideas, imagine what we can all do together to make this world a better place.”
“With science and math, some of them get frustrated very quickly,” Patrick told WBZ. “And they’re willing to give up and I always tell them, ‘Don’t shut a door on yourself.'”
And that next door opens for Jackie and Patrick as they head to the starting line in Hopkinton for their next 26.2 mile journey.
“I represent teachers,” Jackie said with a smile. “And I represent moms in the Boston Marathon and those two pieces, that’s what I stand for.”
Patrick got emotional when he talked about the race.
“When I reach the finish line and cross it after all these years, I get choked up just thinking about it. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to do and I’m just going to enjoy it every second I can.
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