Ward gives a list of reasons, but this is definitely a key one: "I have a family to feed. The 1-2 marathons/year that I run account for roughly half of my annual income. Coming off a good New York Marathon last fall and a great Boston present unique financial incentives to run."
“The passion has always existed. It's something that runs in my veins. When I compete, I feel happiness, I feel a connection with the crowd, like they can feel what's on my mind. In fact, off the track I'm not able to act the same. I don't often watch the videos because I feel like it's someone else on the track competing. But I like it. I like what I do on the track, it's something natural for me, it runs in my veins and I just love athletics.”
Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres also set a Games record winning the men's discus in 67.68m. British Virgin Islands won their first Pan Am medal ever from Chantel Malone in the LJ (6.68m).
Video shows her winning in 32:20.86 and then going to the ground in lane 1, almost causing a collision with a lapped runner behind her.