2012

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in 2012, California, Davis - Tom, M 60 - 64

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

To race in the Boston Marathon, you need to run a qualifying marathon faster than a “qualifying time” which depends on your sex and your age (unless you agree to raise lots of money for approved charities). I just squeaked in with a qualifying time, so of course I had to race it. My goal for the race itself was basically to re-qualify for next year. I’m a good, but not a great runner, but if I work hard and train carefully, I can qualify. I have qualified for the Boston Marathon four times in my life and each time, I only had a few minutes to spare and each time I had...

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In the last two miles, it finally sank in I was going to finish this marathon – Megan Kretz (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2012, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

In the last two miles, it finally sank in I was going to finish this marathon – Megan Kretz (April 16, 2012)

Any story of Boston 2012 has to begin with the weather. Runners anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard were well aware of the brutally hot weather forecast for Monday, April 16th. At first I thought weather.com was playing a cruel April Fool’s joke on us – 89 degrees and sunny in mid April?! I’ve run three marathons before this one and temperatures for all were in the 50’s. Yes, New York had a mild winter, but that meant long runs in the 40’s and 50’s… I hadn’t seen the thermometer break 80 for six months. As the weekend grew closer, the BAA began sending out weather updates...

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With the heat, my only goal was to finish with a smile on my face. – Abbey Goetz [VanValkenburg] (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in 2012, F 18 - 34, Goetz (VanValkenburg) - Abbey, Michigan

With the heat, my only goal was to finish with a smile on my face. – Abbey Goetz [VanValkenburg] (April 16, 2012)

Growing up, running had always been my passion. Something I truly enjoyed, and something I seemed to be good at. Running doesn’t discriminate. There are no “cuts” from the team, you don’t have to be a certain height or weight, and anyone is welcome. As a runner, it is hard to explain to a “non-runner” why you enjoy running for miles and hours on end. To explain the feeling of accomplishing your own goals and how it feels after all the early mornings, hot and bitterly cold days, what it feels like to finally reach that finish line: There is nothing like it. At age 22, I was told...

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“I was too dehydrated to even cry…” – Amy Ballard (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in 2012, Ballard - Amy, F 35 - 39, Mississippi

“I was too dehydrated to even cry…” – Amy Ballard (April 16, 2012)

For years I wanted to just qualify for Boston. Unlike some novice runners who say they have never heard of the race, running Boston has been my strong desire ever since my first marathon back in 2006. After taking nearly three years off from marathons to have my two babies, I resumed my qualifying efforts, and was fortunate enough to become eligible on my next three tries. But then came the change in the registration process, and I was very uncertain if a four minute cushion would be enough. Luckily, and by God’s grace, it was! While on vacation, I received news that Boston notifications...

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One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in 2012, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

You could see it coming: An early spring heat wave, making its way from the Great Plains eastward across the central United States. The unseasonable weather spared neither north nor south as it baked its way across the country. With only a week to go before the start of the 116th Boston Marathon, BAA warnings began arriving for registered runners. Faced with an ominous forecast, race officials warned: “Only the fittest runners should attempt the marathon,” causing me to introspect, at age 70 and just weeks removed from Melanoma surgery, how I could possibly be in that ‘fittest’ group....

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Marlene Sykes – [Excerpt] I remembered watching three years earlier, wondering if I would ever have a shot at the finish. (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in 2012, Canada, F 18 - 34, Sykes - Marlene

Marlene Sykes – [Excerpt] I remembered watching three years earlier, wondering if I would ever have a shot at the finish. (April 16, 2012)

We fired up our watches, exchanged some last minute good lucks and took a minute to soak it in. This was it – we were lined up to start the BOSTON MARATHON! I think one of us said, “Well we made it!” Or maybe I just said it in my head? Anyway, it felt like a huge victory to have gotten to the starting line and I was ready to pour my heart into it all the way to the finish… The hose/sprinkler/fire hydrant/misting stations had started early and we took advantage of every single one. It was hilarious to watch hoards of runners darting from one side of the road to the next for an instant...

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