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Woman to Honor Mother With Boston Marathon Run

Running to honor her mother



    Felicia Scott from Weatherford will run the Boston Marathon place of her mother, Iris Stagner, who was killed in bike accident last year. (Published Monday, April 8, 2013)

    A Parker County woman says she'll be running her first marathon in her mother's place.

    Seven months ago, Iris Stagner -- an avid cyclist and competitive runner -- received news that she qualified for this year's Boston marathon. 

    However, she never got to cross that marathon's finish line. 

    Three days after receiving the letter, Stagner was biking across a bridge over the Brazos River, two miles west of Mineral Wells, when a pick-up truck struck from behind and killed her.

    Now her daughter, Felicia Scott, plans to take her mother's place in the marathon, running among the more than 20,000 people who plan to participate this year.

    After explaining the tragic circumstances to marathon officials, Scott was given the okay to take her mother's place.

    During the past few months, Scott has been training at the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway. Although she has never qualified or finished a full marathon, she's about to attempt to complete one because of her mother.

    "I need to do something, I'm trying to do something to keep her legacy alive -- this is probably the best I can do," Scott said.

    Stagner’s legacy does live on in a painted white "ghostbike" that sits a few yards from the accident scene and now serves as a memorial to Scott’s opportunity to run in her place.

    "We should be there watching my mom do it and not me -- so that'll be hard," Scott said.