Minnesota woman who made triumphant return to Boston Marathon dies

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The St. Louis Park woman whose Boston Marathon finish was sidetracked by bombs last year – and who made a triumphant return to the race this year despite a cancer battle – has died.

Elinor Scott-Sutter, a mother of four, was 51.

Scott-Sutter had been at about the 25-mile mark of the 2013 marathon when the event was halted after the bomb blasts, her dream of finishing the race dashed.

Then she received another blow in January – a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. But Scott-Sutter kept running. "I look at my kids and I've got to try hard," she told FOX 9 last April. "They need a mom and they deserve it."

She and her 16-year-old daughter Martha, along with her sister Jodi Scott, went back to Boston in April, and with special permission from race officials, Scott-Sutter finished the final mile of the race. She had completed a treatment of chemotherapy just a week before. She walked the final stretch of the race but ran the final steps, the Star Tribune reported.

“The crowd went crazy cheering," Scott-Sutter told the newspaper. “They gave so much support, you can’t even believe it. It was awesome to see the responses of people."

Her obituary noted that her survivors include husband Buck and and three sons: Andrew, 27, Henry, 19, Edward, 10. "A devoted mother, through her actions and art, Elinor modeled for her children and those around her a fierce passion for life and an un-wavering determination despite life's trials," the obituary says.

A visitation is planned for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Washburn McCreavy Edina Chapel, West 50th Street and Vernon Avenue at Highway 100. Her funeral is set for Wednesday at Our Lady of Grace in Edina.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is planning a Purple Light event on Oct. 26 at the Mall of America rotunda to celebrate Scott's life and the lives of others lost to pancreatic cancer, as well as to honor survivors.

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