Kyla Arakaki with Boston Marathon medal

Kyla Arakaki still smiling after finishing the 2015 Boston Marathon

Global Aviation was cheering from Oregon as their Charter Sales team member, Kyla Arakaki, took off, ran and finished the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20th. This was Arakaki’s first trip to Boston and quite the accomplishment as she qualified by running her very first marathon in Portland, Oregon less than two years ago.

“Simply completing a marathon was always a goal of mine,” said Arakaki. “I truly never fathomed finishing with a time that would qualify me for the Boston Marathon.”

Arakaki credits the atmosphere of the Portland event for helping her be so successful in her first marathon and qualifying to run in Boston. “I believe I gained strength and adrenaline from the amazing atmosphere of running with fans cheering me on, bands playing, runners in fun costumes and volunteers passing me gummy bears, jelly beans and water during the race. It was exciting and definitely helped my outcome.”

Boston fans at Marathon

Boston Marathon fans cheer on Arakaki and runners at Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon lived up to its high-energy reputation. The pouring down rain never dampened spirits for Arakaki or the fans. “I did not run even 100 meters without a fan cheering me on. The girls at Wellesley College cheered so loudly I could hear them a mile before I got there!” said Arakaki. “Marathon day is a party for the whole city. It was very fun.”

With the race’s long history and emotions still running high from the tragic Boston Marathon bombing two years ago, Arakaki was especially moved to be a part of the Boston Strong supporters and run in honor of those who were harmed in the tragic event. She was further inspired to see the diversity in the runners, people overcoming physical challenges and those that ran as guides to help the vision and hearing impaired participants.

Finish medals for 2015 Boston Marathon

Finish medals for 2015 Boston Marathon

Arakaki travelled on her own to Boston and took time to enjoy meeting the many other runners who travelled from far and wide to the event. There were many social opportunities before and after the marathon including a “Mile 27” celebration in Fenway Park.

“I met amazing runners from all over the globe including Texas, Alabama, Mexico, Taiwan and Hong Kong,” said Arakaki. “Many of the runners have done over 20 Boston Marathon races.” For Arakaki, the marathon bug and traveling bug has certainly bit. She is already talking about running another marathon Hawaiian style.

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