first little person to complete the Boston Marathon.
Juli Windsor, 27, who lived in Marietta before moving to Boston, finished the world’s largest marathon in 4 hours and 43 minutes Monday. Diagnosed with dwarfism, Windsor is the first little person to finish the race.
The marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, finished in 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Windsor was well on her way to finishing the 26.2-mile race last year when she was stopped after 25.7 miles after two bombs exploded near the finish line. The race was immediately called off.
Her mother was waiting at the finish line and received minor injuries last year during a stampede of onlookers after the bombs detonated.
“It’s been a real healing year for our family,” said Jaillene Hunter, Windsor’s sister.
Running the Boston Marathon has been on Windsor’s bucket list since middle school, Hunter said, and she overcame insurmountable barriers to make the dream a reality.
“It was always a challenge because her stature is half the size of an average person,” Hunter said.
Windsor is an inspiration, Hunter said, who encourages others to overcome obstacles.
“She’s always been a go-getter,” Hunter said. “She’s always had far-reaching goals and she’s always had tenacity to get things done.”
Windsor could not be reached Monday afternoon.