1997

“I love Boston, Boston loves me” – John (Big Foot) Aikin (April 21, 1997)

Posted on Apr 22, 1997 in 1997, Aikin - John (Big Foot), Alabama, M 40 - 44

“I love Boston, Boston loves me” – John (Big Foot) Aikin (April 21, 1997)

My first Boston was in 1997. I had tried hard to qualify so I could run the 100th anniversary Boston Marathon in 1996. I did three marathons in December 1995, trying to qualify, and missed by several minutes each time. The final attempt was the “Last Chance Marathon” in Tampa, a one-time marathon set up as one last opportunity to qualify for the 100th. It was a three mile loop in a park that you had to run nine times. I got dizzy and didn’t make the cut. I was able to qualify the next year at the Blue Angel Marathon in Pensacola. I didn’t realize I had run a qualifying time;...

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