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“Why are they rerouting the course this close to the finish line?” – Vicky King (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in 2013, California, F 55 - 59, King - Vicky

“Why are they rerouting the course this close to the finish line?” – Vicky King (April 15, 2013)

I did not start running until I was 48 years old. I decided I would run one marathon, just to see if I could do it. So I ran the Santa Barbara Marathon in 2010 at the age of 54 and finished it in 4:11:10. Not a BQ time (4:00:00), but I was elated with being able to accomplish this feat. I was glad to cross that off my bucket list and never have to run another marathon! But as many runners can testify, something happened, and I found myself registering for the local Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon in March of 2012 to run alongside my Sole Sisters. It just so happened I ran well enough to BQ...

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In the right place at the right time: How a race I had given up on became a reality. – Dennis Lebman (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in 2014, California, Lebman -Dennis, M 50 - 54

In the right place at the right time: How a race I had given up on became a reality. – Dennis Lebman (April 21, 2014)

Running in the Boston Marathon for me was supposed to be a one and done deal: A bucket list item, a goal I set to celebrate turning 50 last year. Boston for long distance runners is the “Super Bowl” of marathons. You have to have a qualifying time on a certified marathon course to gain entry, or raise a lot of money for a charity. I got my qualifier “BQ” for the 2013 Boston Marathon in May of 2012 at the Ojai to Ocean Marathon with a time of 3:29:38 which was a BQ by only :22. Everyone who wanted to run the 2013 Boston Marathon and had a qualifying time was able to...

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A Run of One’s Own – Bobbi Gibb (April 19, 1966)

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in 1966, California, F 18 - 34, Gibb - Bobbi

A Run of One’s Own – Bobbi Gibb (April 19, 1966)

I fell in love with the Boston Marathon in 1964. I was running through the woods with the neighborhood dogs when I first saw it. For me, running was a form of communion with nature and a way to rejoin my mind and body. Hardly anyone ran back then. But I just love to run. I didn’t know the marathon was closed to women, and I set about training in nurses’ shoes with no instructions, no coach, and no books. At first, I had no intention of making any kind of statement, I was following my heart for no other reason than I felt moved by some inner force — passion. My boyfriend would...

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“I was overwhelmed with excitement, telling myself I was here, running the BOSTON MARATHON!” – Dennis Lebman (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in 2013, California, Lebman -Dennis, M 50 - 54

“I was overwhelmed with excitement, telling myself I was here, running the BOSTON MARATHON!” – Dennis Lebman (April 15, 2013)

When I first started running in Sept 2010, I never could have dreamed I would ever run in the Boston Marathon. In November 2010, I ran my first race the Santa Clarita Half Marathon and I remember at the turn off from the South Fork Trail onto the two bridges where the half and full split off, thinking no way could I double that distance. I had a hard enough time trying to stay ahead of the guy with the balloons who was pacing the four hour group and two hour half. But it was my sister who quickly had me change my mind to run a full at the 2011 LA Marathon. I finished my first marathon in...

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Sheila McDaniel – [Excerpt] While the experience was forever changed by the 27th mile, no one can take away the first 26. (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 in 2013, California, F 18 - 34, McDaniel - Sheila

Sheila McDaniel – [Excerpt] While the experience was forever changed by the 27th mile, no one can take away the first 26. (April 15, 2013)

Everyone warned me to go out slow, so I did. The first mile was an 8:23 or so; and I stood in awe at all of the people running and all of the people cheering. The weather was perfect, the crowds were fantastic and mile by mile, I continued to be awed by the unending screams, cheers, posters, high fives and offers of cold beer from the people of Boston.  I stopped watching the watch, and started soaking the experience right up. I wove from side to side on the course high fiving little kids on the sideline, I found new friends to talk to, I talked to old friends I bumped into on the course...

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