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Montana women to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon

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As snow falls in Billings Friday, the weather in New York City is perfect for running as people from across the country pour into the Big Apple to compete in the TCS New York City Marathon.

Montana residents JayDee Lindeen, Mara Beard, Tera Christman and Washington state resident Ronda Jensen are participating as a group this year, along with about 50,000 other runners.

After competing in two past Montana Marathons, this will be Lindeen's first time competing in a World Marathon major.

After the New York terrorist attack Tuesday, the city beefed up police presence for the event, but the atmosphere doesn't feel tense, according to Lindeen.

She said she has never been to New York City before, but from interactions with others who have, people do not seem to be on edge.

The four friends agreed to raise funds for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research to qualify for the marathon.

“The Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research was giving away entrance into the New York City Marathon in return for fundraising for the foundation and there were four of us who jumped on board the opportunity to help out the foundation and get the experience of a lifetime," Lindeen said.

But for Lindeen, the organization also hits close to home.

The daughter of one of her close friends was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, commonly called PWS, as a baby. PWS is a rare genetic disorder that slows development and leads to intellectual impairment and behavioral issues. It also makes kids constantly hungry, which leads to obesity and risks of diabetes.

When Lindeen's friend found out she was running the marathon, she asked her to represent the foundation. Lindeen said she was happy to oblige.

The marathon, which starts on Staten Island and ends in Central Park, is one of six World Marathon majors. The others are Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin, and Tokyo. It will begin 6 a.m. Sunday.

Start times will be staggered because of the large number of runners. 

Lindeen said she will start her 26.2 mile journey at 10:40 a.m. EST.

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