2006

The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in 2006, M 50 - 54, Ohio, Tucker - Jim "Typhoon"

The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

It all started several years earlier when I read an article in one of the Boston newspapers about how patrons of The Happy Swallow bar in Framingham would cheer wildly for the first marathon runner to come off the course near Mile 7 and enter the bar. Then the owner would give that runner a free beer as a reward. I said to myself: I want to be that runner on Monday! I had a low corral seeding, which put me near the front of the field but realistically marathon PRs were a thing of the past. So I decided I would essentially race as hard as I could to Framingham at my faster 7 mile pace instead...

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Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Posted on May 29, 2015 in 2006, Canada, Hemingson - Vince, M 45 - 49

Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Boston is one tough marathon course. Reading about the route and even driving the course doesn’t really prepare you for what it is like to race at Boston. Everybody who struggles with the Boston Beast can take some solace in the fact that even four-time winner Bill Rodgers dropped out of his first Boston race at twenty miles. I often caution people in training for the marathon to remember the saying, “You have to respect the race, you have to respect the distance.” This goes double for Boston. After completing my first Patriots Day race, I developed a whole new reverence and...

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