Sisters Jess and Tanya Halliday finish Boston Marathon on horseback. CBS News Boston.

Sisters complete Boston Marathon on horse back

CBS BOSTON (22 Jun. 20) — Two sisters who were unable to complete this year’s Boston Marathon due to the coronavirus pandemic found a unique way to cross the finish line — and send a message.

Jess Halliday and her sister, Tanya Halliday, were planning to run the Boston Marathon for the Cam Neely Foundation.

They trained for the April event, and when it was postponed until September, they retrained for the fall. The in-person race was later canceled for the first time ever and turned into a virtual run.

The Halliday sisters are upset the B.A.A. decided not to carry over charity team runners’ bibs into 2021.

Jess, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, recently had surgery to remove half of her lung. So on Monday, Jess and and Tanya rode their horses for parts of the marathon course instead of running.

Though they initially wanted to ride the horses for 26.2 miles, they instead loaded them into their trailer and drove to Hopkinton. The sisters stopped at several iconic spots along the course for photos and short rides, then drove close to the finish line, unloaded and rode the horses down Boylston Street.

“I figure while I can’t run right now, my main career and my passion, my horses, could help me do it. There’s a saying that horses give us the wings we lack. At this point I guess he’s going to give me running shoes too,” Jess said. Keep reading at boston.cbs.local »


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