Coworkers surprise Altoona teacher running Boston Marathon Monday

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Altoona (WQOW) – An Altoona teacher is flying out to Boston on Saturday to run her first Boston Marathon race. So, her coworkers sent her off with a surprise.

Rachel Drescher, a 4th grade teacher at Altoona Intermediate School, has been training throughout this harsh winter and early spring for the big race.

She qualified for Boston twice in the last four years but she was unable to go the first time she qualified.

This time around, she’s even more excited to reach the finish line following Friday morning’s surprise.

“I felt near tears,” Drescher said. “I can’t believe they did this for me. I mean, I think of it as, it’s a big deal to me, but the fact that they made it a big deal for all of us is pretty cool.”

“This staff is the best,” said surprise organizer Lisa Roff. “They are so supportive of anything, everything. If someone is sick, if someone has a celebration, if someone has a baby, I mean, we all get together, it’s so awesome to be a part of such a supportive staff. We just feel like a family.”

Drescher said she will be wearing purple at the Boston Marathon Expo to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

The race is on Monday.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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