Cancer slows, doesn’t stop, the long-distance runner

Hundreds of runners in last year’s Boston Marathon are planning to go back to Boston in a few weeks to finish what they started. Their efforts were interrupted, of course, by last year’s finish-line bombing.

The marathon is forever changed, some of the runners may be changed individuals in the face of a more obvious terrorist threat, too, but none more changed than Elinor Scott of St. Louis Park — for different reasons.

WCCO reports she was within a mile of completing her “life goal” when the bombs went off.

Last month, she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

“They tell you what they’re going to tell you about stage IV cancer, they don’t really offer you any promises,” she told WCCO.

She’s going back to Boston to finish the race.