2013

My early splits were at the mercy of the pack. In the crowd, it was too risky to pass. – Laura Frey (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

My early splits were at the mercy of the pack. In the crowd, it was too risky to pass. – Laura Frey (April 15, 2013)

As I tapered the week leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon, I couldn’t wait for the chance to write my post race report. I was so excited. I was healthy and trained for a sub-three hour marathon IN BOSTON! However, I had only an hour of utter elation post race before the senseless, horrific bombing ripped my heart and soul, and forced me to bury my race. I felt guilty even looking at my Garmin. But, as the days passed and I saw how strong we are as runners, how strong we are as a nation, it inspired me. My heart will always remain heavy for the victims, but proud for all of the...

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The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in 2013, Lee - Joey, M 40 - 44, Mississippi

The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

I’ll forever remember the 2013 Boston Marathon as the day I came way too close to losing absolutely everything, when my family was almost taken, leaving me with nothing, alone and broken. It started like any other race morning: very early, but that’s the only normal thing about the Boston Marathon. I left the hotel and took the subway to the Boston Common where 27,000 of us boarded buses to Hopkinton. We arrived at the Athletes Village around 7:00 a.m. You could feel the nervous energy and anticipation in the air as we looked for a spot for our three-hour wait. Veteran Boston runners...

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735 Days – John Young (April 20, 2015)

Posted on May 5, 2015 in 2013, 2014, 2015, M 45 - 49, Massachusetts, Young - John

735 Days – John Young (April 20, 2015)

Two weeks after the 2015 Boston Marathon, I am finally finished with my thoughts about the entire experience. Those of you who know me are aware of the emotional challenge these last two years have been. They, of course, pale in comparison to the pain and heartache countless families have had to deal with in the wake of the tragedy in our city back on April 15th, 2013. I do not for a second pretend the depression I have gone through is anything like what others have had to deal with. But this has been my battle, and I will attempt to share some of my feelings as I tell what April 20, 2015,...

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No One Ever Asked – Brittney & Jeramiah Farmer (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in 2013, F 18 - 34, Farmer - Brittney, Utah

No One Ever Asked – Brittney & Jeramiah Farmer (April 15, 2013)

March 25, 2013. I had no idea at the time my life would forever be changed on this date. It’s the beginning and I guess I’ll start there. All four of my children were in school and my husband Jeramiah was still at work. I was shopping at our local Target store when my phone rang. Jeramiah was on the other end. He asked if I remembered a contest he had entered. I vaguely recalled seeing something on Facebook about how he had entered a contest to win an entry to the Boston Marathon. I think I may even have given a passing thought to entering myself. Anyway, my husband was calling to tell me...

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Running Boston: A bittersweet accomplishment – Heather Irvine (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in 2013, 2014, F 18 - 34, Irvine - Heather, New York

Running Boston: A bittersweet accomplishment – Heather Irvine (April 15, 2013)

The horrific event that occurred in 2013 at the world’s most coveted finish line has forever marked the Boston Marathon. For the 17,000 or so runners who crossed, their accomplishment is darkened by a coward’s attack on the greatest spectators in the world. For the approximately 5,000 runners whose run to Boston was halted, they have unfinished business to take care of. And for me, I carry my finisher’s medal with a heavy heart. A bittersweet accomplishment, really. After years of watching my mom’s uncle run the Boston Marathon, I knew I had to follow in his footsteps....

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My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in 2013, M 55 - 59, Muldowney - Joe, Pennsylvania

My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

After a bounce-back effort that erased the previous year’s “epic failure” in the heat plagued race of 2012, and posted a satisfying 3:04:13, Joe Muldowney and his wife settled into the nearby Legal Sea Foods restaurant for a celebratory meal. Here the Veteran Boston Marathoner reflects on how a senseless, heinous act ruined a “great day in Boston,” and how good will always triumph over evil, how determined human beings will always defeat adversity.

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