Long Beach resident Charles Wambolt runs virtual Boston Marathon

Although the Boston Marathon went virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, that didn’t keep Long Beach runner Charles Wambolt from competing in the race.

Traditionally held in April, the marathon was rescheduled for September 14th and had runners compete virtually.

Since runners were able to choose their own courses, Wambolt ran along the Gulf Coast, starting in Ocean Springs and finishing in Pass Christian.

Wambolt ran for Fatherless and Widows Ministry and in memory of his dad who passed away earlier this year.

Despite having competed in the Boston Marathon four times already, Wambolt faced some new challenges during this year’s race. “There’s nothing like Boston. Boston is the oldest marathon in the world. It’s the only marathon you have to qualify for. So, you’re running with a whole lot of very fast, serious runners and it’s just incredible. They have over 30,000 runners in that race and to run it by myself was quite different. Of course, it’s not as much as an impetus for the race aspect of it, to push harder. So, it’s more individualized.”

Out of the 19 people in Mississippi who qualified for the marathon, Wambolt came in second.

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