Liza Hunter-Galvan, the 45-year-old mother of four from San Antonio, had never run the Boston Marathon before yesterday. But the former UTSA runner had one of her greatest races as she won the women’s masters division of Boston with a time of 2:46:44 and will take home $10,000 in prize money.
“I’m shocked,” said Hunter-Galvan who finished 21st among the Boston women. “I didn’t think I could win, maybe top three.”
A seven-time winner of the San Antonio marathon (Marathon of the Americas and Rock ‘n’ Roll), Hunter-Galvan is a two-time Olympic marathoner, representing her native New Zealand. In her final tune-up race for Boston, Hunter-Galvan finished fourth among the women (first masters) in the Austin 10/20 race on March 29th in 1:00:20.
A substitute school teacher, Hunter-Galvan’s husband Ariel was the fastest San Antonian guy at Boston as he finished in 2:47:01.
Hunter-Galvan has a marathon best of 2:29:37 which she set in 2008 in the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. But the following year, she failed a drug test and later admitted taking a banned drug (EPO) three times. She was subsequently banned from competition for two years.
Andrea Duke – the other elite female Texan – finished in 2:58.