West Shore teacher, fitness trainer to run Boston Marathon


Six years after losing 100 pounds, a West Shore School District teacher and fitness trainer will run in the Boston Marathon. 

At 45, Andy Bell is the fittest he’s ever been in life. 

He started working out after having an anxiety attack about his health and whether he would be healthy enough to see his three daughters grown up. He was overweight and suffered from high blood pressure. 

“I couldn’t believe that I was 39 and I had let myself go so much. I had been an athlete in college and here I am 265 pounds. I shouldn’t be taking high blood pressure medicine when I am in my 30s,” said Bell. 

His first fitness challenge was the New Cumberland Turkey Trot. 

After the race, he was hooked. He has since run in hundreds of races, including over 100 Spartan Races. 

He has also transformed his home garage into a fitness center called Run Higher Training. 

Bell’s latest challenge is the Boston Marathon. His goal is to run it in 3 hours and 16 minutes. 

“I really believe my reaction at the end will be like my reaction at the end of my first run at Redland I think I am going to sit back there and cry if there is any moisture left,” said Bell.  

The Boston Marathon is on Monday.

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