Posts by wharrell

Something to Remember when I’m 88

Posted on Apr 9, 2018 in 2017, F 35 - 39, Ferguson - Jessica, Mississippi

Something to Remember when I’m 88

The Boston Marathon experience is, for the serious runner, the ultimate rush of emotions… excitement, fear, pride, and for first-timers, overwhelming. My first Boston experience is a memory I will hold onto for the rest of my years. I began running in my 30s and quickly became inspired by the challenge of distance running. I was running just fast enough to be slightly competitive within my age group and in small races.  After I completed a couple of marathons, I began to see qualifying for the Boston Marathon as a possibility at some point in my future. When a friend qualified, that was...

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Ode to the 121st Boston Marathon ♥

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 in 2017, Arizona, Bushouse - Emily, F 30 - 35

Ode to the 121st Boston Marathon ♥

Because there’s no way I could describe what it was like to experience Boston, I won’t even try. Instead, I’m just going to say “Thank You.” Thank you to mother nature for providing a day that was, though not ideal for runners, perfect for spectators and volunteers. Thank you to the Boston Police Department for keeping everyone safe. Thank you to Katherine Switzer for blazing the trail, inspiring in women the courage to do what men forbid 50 years ago, and for making it possible for us to stand at the starting line this year, representing almost 50% of the event’s...

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“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in 1982, F 18 - 34, Lemon (Winters) - Jacquie, Texas

“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

In 1982, I was 25 years old. I qualified for The Boston Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December of 1981, with a time of 3:05. (I had run one marathon before White Rock, the New Orleans Marathon, also in 1981.) When I received my results booklet after Dallas (these printed results came via snail mail, weeks after the race), I noticed the Boston Marathon qualifying times for each age group were printed on one of the front pages. I was quite a surprised to flip over to my result and see I had qualified for Boston! I honestly was so young, so naïve, I don’t think I even...

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From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in 1992, F 18 - 34, Waldron - Kathy, Wisconsin

From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

My eleven siblings and I were raised on a dairy farm in Reedsville, Wisconsin, by awesome, hard-working parents. Quite often instead of us taking the bus home, our Mom or Pa would pick us up from school in our old Ford station wagon, so we could get milking chores started earlier. In 1964 when I was in kindergarten, the thing I looked forward to the most was having my whole family waiting for me to literally “run” out to the car, and have my Pa yell to me every day “See how fast Kathy can run!” So I would run as fast as I could. I thought I was a champion! I thought I...

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At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

We took the family on a road trip to Boston trying to make running the Marathon into a family vacation. We headed out Friday morning for eight hours of driving towards New York. Just the day before I had run with my son’s cross country team and had tweaked my knee. That was my first distress call. I was quiet at first about sharing it but I knew I needed prayers. As we arrived in the hotel the first night my stomach was not feeling settled. Again I tried to keep it silent. That evening I woke up several times with a fierce case of the stomach flu. Unable to manage my body through the night...

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