Alabama

“Residents came out of their houses with food and water, offering any kind of aid they could.” – Tim Zuelke (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Alabama, M 50 - 54, Zuelke - Tim

“Residents came out of their houses with food and water, offering any kind of aid they could.” – Tim Zuelke (April 15, 2013)

I am not sure I can put into words what we are feeling and what yesterday, April 15th, 2013, was like, but I will try. I was at the front of the group of runners police stopped within half a mile of the finish line soon after the bombs went off. Officials held us there for about 40 minutes. We did not know what was happening and many of the runners started to suffer from the effects of stopping without water or medical aid, myself included. Finally the officers realized that 2,000 people standing in such a small area was also a possible target. We were told to disperse, which was not easy to...

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“No, We Won’t Be Shaken…” – Tanya Collum (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Alabama, Collum - Tanya, F 35 - 39

“No, We Won’t Be Shaken…” – Tanya Collum (April 15, 2013)

I was able to finish the race. I quickly moved through the finish line, because I do not like crowds. I grabbed my medal and some food and then started making my way to the buses to get my checked bag. As soon as I got my bag I called my husband Adam. He had been tracking me and knew I’d finished. I then called my Mom who was waiting on me in the hotel room. I answered a few text messages from friends and began to make my way to my hotel. I stopped and asked a volunteer which way to my hotel, because I have a horrible sense of direction. I was going in the correct direction, though. A...

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“Like no other marathon I’ve run. I understand why people who love it, love it.” – Greg Halen (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Alabama, F 45 - 49, Halen - Greg

“Like no other marathon I’ve run. I understand why people who love it, love it.” – Greg Halen (April 15, 2013)

This race is going to be remembered for a long time, and for all the wrong reasons. I’ve gone back and forth in my head about whether or not to post this Race Report. Most of y’all know my background (or at least a lot of it). Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at compartmentalizing things (a useful skill if you are called upon to be an interim aircraft accident investigation board member when there are civilian casualties–like a four year old boy who happens to have the same name as your four year old son). This ability is a blessing and a curse. And now, a VERY...

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“God protected us that day. He sent out his army of angels all over the city of Boston.” – Sandy Lynch (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Alabama, F 40 - 44, Lynch - Sandy

“God protected us that day. He sent out his army of angels all over the city of Boston.” – Sandy Lynch (April 15, 2013)

I had finished the race and returned to the finish line to wait for my friend Tim and others to finish. I was standing alongside the race workers who were putting medals around the runners’ necks as they crossed the line. It was such a joyous occasion to see the look of accomplishment on the faces of the runners as they crossed the finish line, some holding their hands high above their heads praising God, some with tears in their eyes, all of them feeling victorious. Then, the first bomb went off. The sound and feeling of tremor from the explosion was unlike anything I’ve heard or...

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“It was the Boston. How could I not finish?” – Mary Elaine Shirah (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in 2010, Alabama, F 40 - 44, Shirah - Mary Elaine

“It was the Boston. How could I not finish?” – Mary Elaine Shirah (April 19, 2010)

My Boston Marathon story is simple. All I had to do was run 26.2 miles. Oh, and be fast! I grew up in the Alabama Children’s Home in Troy. According to statistics and the high school guidance counselor, I was not exactly “going places.” But as a teen, I was introduced to running by a houseparent, Mr. Grey. And that made all the difference. I have a type-A personality, and I used running as a way of escaping imperfections that plagued my life. In college, I ran for my sorority in Greek Week, and ran the track when I couldn’t sleep. Which was a lot. After college...

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“I love Boston, Boston loves me” – John (Big Foot) Aikin (April 21, 1997)

Posted on Apr 22, 1997 in 1997, Aikin - John (Big Foot), Alabama, M 40 - 44

“I love Boston, Boston loves me” – John (Big Foot) Aikin (April 21, 1997)

My first Boston was in 1997. I had tried hard to qualify so I could run the 100th anniversary Boston Marathon in 1996. I did three marathons in December 1995, trying to qualify, and missed by several minutes each time. The final attempt was the “Last Chance Marathon” in Tampa, a one-time marathon set up as one last opportunity to qualify for the 100th. It was a three mile loop in a park that you had to run nine times. I got dizzy and didn’t make the cut. I was able to qualify the next year at the Blue Angel Marathon in Pensacola. I didn’t realize I had run a qualifying time;...

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