2014

Running as the Bona Fide #14285 – Kara Bonneau (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 in 2014, Bonneau - Kara, F 18 - 34, North Carolina

Running as the Bona Fide #14285 – Kara Bonneau (April 21, 2014)

Though the 2014 Boston was not my “A” race of spring and I hadn’t been training specifically for a marathon, I’d been excited about it for weeks… First, it’s the Boston Marathon! Second, I had really strong feelings about running after being there and seeing the tragedy unfold the year before. And third, I would be running with an amazing group of Bull City Track Club friends, with my dad and my husband there to cheer me on. We traveled up to Boston on Saturday morning, checked into our hotel, and headed to the expo. After picking up my bib and race...

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Boston makes you stand taller, breath deeper, and run faster – Hannah Horigan (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in 2014, F 18 - 34, Horigan - Hannah, Wyoming

Boston makes you stand taller, breath deeper, and run faster – Hannah Horigan (April 21, 2014)

Running the Boston Marathon was an incredible experience. Being part of a 118-year old tradition was both amazing and emotional. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in Paris in April 2013, a week before the bombings happened in Boston. I was still determined to be a participant in 2014. I arrived in Boston on the Saturday before the race, and I will say the city was alive and ready to take on the 37,000+ runners. I had been unsure about how I felt up to that point, but after being surrounded by all the positive energy on the streets, I began to get more and more excited about the upcoming...

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A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in 2014, FitzGerald - Kevin, M 55 - 59, North Carolina

A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

As I rode the bus from the Boston Common out the starting line for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on the third Monday in April 2014, I thought how this journey had actually begun a full eight years earlier. I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2007, having qualified the prior May in my first marathon ever, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 2007 Boston Marathon was the year of the epic Nor’easter, whose conditions were so severe the BAA actually considered cancelling the event for the first time in the race’s 111-year history. Following that effort (3:09) I began a ritual of...

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My legs were boycotting and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it. – Jennifer Poore (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 in 2014, F 18 - 34, Illinois, Poore - Jenny

My legs were boycotting and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it. – Jennifer Poore (April 21, 2014)

No one likes to write a race report about a race that didn’t go well. I questioned putting these thoughts out there, but I know eventually I’ll be glad I did. It will be good to look back on it in the future–hopefully when a race goes “right.” The first few days after the marathon, I didn’t really feel like reliving each mile of 26.2. And then I thought, “Well, this year should be much easier to write than last year.” (Biggest understatement ever. It’s clear this recap was easier to write for different reasons.) Like many, I found 4.15.2014 to be an emotional day. To be...

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The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 in 2014, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

I don’t even know where to start! Boston 2014 was quite possibly the most amazing display of humanity ever. Boston pumped love, perseverance, support, and empathy; every second, all weekend. I have never in my life experienced this type of non-stop caring and selflessness from every single person I bumped into during my entire trip. Everyone wanted to help make the next person smile. It was contagious. It is one thing to read about it or hear it on the news, but the experience was simply amazing. Beyond words, but I will try. I left home on a flight to Boston kind of freaked out by the...

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Finally, a BQ at Boston – Megan Kretz (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 in 2014, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

Finally, a BQ at Boston – Megan Kretz (April 21, 2014)

Brian and I hit the road early Sunday morning for the 3.5 hour drive to Boston. The drive was uneventful, and before long we were checking in to the hotel and making our way to the expo by 11:00am. The expo itself was a madhouse. There were so many people crammed into the space it was difficult to really see anything. Nevertheless, I picked up my bib, bought a 2014 Boston Marathon jacket, and quickly said hello to some fellow Central Park Track Club teammates, Dani and Grace. The rest of the day was pretty low key. I focused on staying hydrated, eating easily digestible carbs, and relaxing....

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