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Local duo thrilled to be part of Boston Marathon history

Apr 18, 2017

Dozens of people from Rochester took part in Monday’s Boston Marathon, but perhaps none were as thrilled to take part in the race as two women, Marie Boudreau-Ninkov  of Brighton and Onni Peck of Fairport.

Peck suffers from a progressive neuromuscular disease and she sat in a specially designed buggy pushed by Boudreau-Ninkov.

The Brighton woman has run several Boston Marathons, but she says nothing compares to this experience.

“It’s just an amazing experience and to do it with Onni was magical; it was so wonderful, and she had a grin on her face the whole way, and me too, actually my cheeks hurt," Boudreau-Ninkov told WXXI News.

Boudreau-Ninkov says the crowds along the route were amazing in terms of their show of support.

“The whole way, the whole 26.2 miles they were just screaming our names and they were cheering us, and she had a banner that said ‘team Onni,’  and they would say Tteam Onni, go Team Onni !“

The two women also became the first all-female duo team to have qualified to run the Boston Marathon.

They ran for 'Team Hoyt' and were teamed up through the help of an organization called 'Ainsley's Angels.'