BOSTON (KFSM) — A local man ran the Boston Marathon Monday (April 15) and had a huge support system cheering him on.
Alejandro Yepez is a custodian at Southside High School in Fort Smith and students and staff cheered him on today during the 26.2-mile journey.
To prepare for the big race, Yepez ran 55 miles a week, waking up early to run before work and sometimes late at night.
Yepez said he never thought about stopping and the crowd in Boston kept him motivated.
"Well, Boston Marathon is amazing. All the citizens, the whole time, the 26.2 miles all the citizens cheer for you for the whole 26.2 miles. It was amazing, I loved it," said Yepez.
Before he left for the race there was a big send-off for him at Southside High School.
"It's overwhelming to us, to most of us, that anyone could run 26 miles especially at Boston. It just feels like such a huge accomplishment, but for it to be one of their own and Alex is the nicest guy. The kids all really connect with him," said Lisa Miller, Principal at Southside High School.
Yepez finished the historic race in three hours and 52 minutes. He was one of the 30,000 runners who took place in the annual event.
"He's just been a great role model for me and his work ethic and his dedication that he has for what he does," said Johnathan Gonzales, a student at Southside High School.
He says he hopes to qualify for next year's Boston Marathon.