2016

(As my dad’s favorite Disney Character Buzz Lightyear always says) “To Infinity & Beyond!” – Andrea Lammers-Pottage (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 in 2016, Canada, F 18 - 34, Lammers-Pottage - Andrea

(As my dad’s favorite Disney Character Buzz Lightyear always says) “To Infinity & Beyond!” – Andrea Lammers-Pottage (April 18, 2016)

I’ve participated in track & field since middle school (1998-1999), ran varsity track during high school (2000-2003), started running half marathons at college in 2004, and full marathons since 2005. When I moved to Canada in 2008, I ran my worst full marathon the following spring. I stopped running full marathons for a few years and focused on half marathons. I changed my training. I registered for more races. I went crazy and signed up for the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge to run in memory of my dad. And my times started getting faster. However, I was unsuccessful at qualifying...

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“It’s for Pop” – Kathy Yeager (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in 2016, F 50 - 54, Indiana, Yeager - Kathy

“It’s for Pop” – Kathy Yeager (April 18, 2016)

I had only been running for a couple of months when I promised my dad I would try and qualify for Boston. Here is how Ryan O’Leary, Sports Reporter for the Columbus Republic chronicled my story on the eve of the race where I kept that promise: Sometime this week, Kathy Yeager will stop by Garland Brook Cemetery to visit her father, just as she has pretty regularly since he passed away three years ago. She will show him her finisher’s medal from the 120th Boston Marathon and smile through the tears, knowing that Prentice Neal would be proud. After all, this was all his idea. Yeager...

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Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 in 2016, California, M 45 - 49, Sohaskey - Mike

Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

The “Marathon” race from Ashland to this city, held under the auspices of the Boston athletic association yesterday… proved a great success and is an assurance of an annual fixture of the same kind. – The Boston Globe, 20 April 1897 I’d made it to Mecca. Not the Holy Land to which devout Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, but the one to which devout runners make theirs. I’d made it to Boston. Ok, so technically that wasn’t true — not yet. As Katie’s childhood buddy Paul and I meandered through the Athletes’ Village awaiting the start of the world’s most prestigious...

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Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 in 2016, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to take part in the Boston Marathon for the second straight year. In 2015, I posted a 3:44:27 at less than 100 percent. Fortunately, I still had a qualifying time to get me in for this year. Despite breaking my foot in August, I patiently worked my way back to at least close to my best shape yet. I had a big confidence booster in February with a half marathon PR, and I was able to get lots of training on rolling terrain due to traveling to Nashville a lot for work. I went into this year’s Boston Marathon gunning for a 3:15, and felt like I had a...

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“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in 2016, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

On Friday April 15, 2016, I was on the train to Boston to attend a conference on Native American Running presented by Harvard’s Peabody Museum in collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association and other sponsors. This topic has interested me since reading a book by Peter Nabokov which described how Indians ran to communicate, fight, and hunt, as well as interact with spiritual forces. I thought the Indians’ experiences might contain clues to human potential which have been forgotten in today’s technology-obsessed world. I’m glad I went: the speakers talked about the spiritual and...

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A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in 2016, Clor - Elizabeth, F 35 - 39, Virginia

A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

In 2007, I wrote a post in my Myspace blog in which I discussed the differences among plans, goals, dreams, and fantasies. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon fell into the “dreams” category at that point. My marathon times were nowhere near fast enough for Boston to seem feasible, but I thought if I continued to progress, I might get there eventually. I initially approached qualifying for the Boston Marathon as someone who enjoyed the personal satisfaction of running marathons and wanted to get to the next level.  But at some point, things progressed far beyond having a competitive...

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