Canada

(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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Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 in 2015, Canada, F 40 - 44, Roustemis - Pella

Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

I ran my first marathon in October 2013 at the Detroit Free Press marathon. First of all, I couldn’t believe I was going to complete a marathon. It seemed so recently when running just one mile seemed like an eternity. I really didn’t have a particular goal except to finish. I thought it would be great if I could get a sub four hour marathon for my first. Guess what? I did! 3:58-ish. After that, I was hooked! A friend of mine said it would be easy to shave off 15 or so minutes to qualify for Boston. What?!? Really? No way! Well, what I thought was impossible, wasn’t....

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In a Photo Finish with Selfie-Guy – Una Beaudry (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in 2015, Beaudry - Una, Canada, F 45 - 49

In a Photo Finish with Selfie-Guy – Una Beaudry (April 20, 2015)

It took me a long time to complete this story. Partly because of finding the time to write it. Partly because I wasn’t ready to let it go, and putting it down “on paper” seemed to make it final. My first time in Boston! What a beautiful city! Steve and I drove from Ottawa, and daughter Katie took the train from NYC to cheer me on. [Writing this, I’m starting to get emotional already. Sheesh.] Steve and I made our way to the expo and start to soak it in. Oh. My. God. I can’t believe I was at race kit pick up for THE BOSTON MARATHON. It didn’t feel real! I looked around and saw all...

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Locals were giving out orange slices… I wanted to kiss all of them – Katrina Dingle (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 in 2015, Canada, Dingle - Katrina, F 18 - 34

Locals were giving out orange slices… I wanted to kiss all of them – Katrina Dingle (April 20, 2015)

Running is a form of therapy for me. I like the way it clears my head mostly, and gives me a sense of peace and quiet. I run early, and love watching the sun rise. I find running is more than just fitness, it’s a way to get to know yourself, a way to connect with nature and a way to genuinely feel good about something. I ran my first marathon in Davos, Switzerland five years ago. I was living in Switzerland at the time and really wanted to try running a race in the Swiss Alps since I knew the scenery would be incredible. I finished that race in 3 hours and 59 minutes and figured if I could...

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In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 in 2011, Canada, M 45 - 49, Palmer - Matt

In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April  18, 2011)

In 2009 when I decided to run my first marathon, my goal from the start was to see if I could qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston is the dream for so many people, because it is legendary. It is the oldest, longest running marathon in the world, and it is the only one, other than the Olympics, for which you must qualify. Most of us have little chance of that. For the average runner, Boston has become the brass ring. I wanted to know if I could do it: not just finish a marathon, but be fast enough to go to Boston. I ran my first marathon in May of 2009, missing the Boston qualifying mark by...

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Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Posted on May 29, 2015 in 2006, Canada, Hemingson - Vince, M 45 - 49

Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Boston is one tough marathon course. Reading about the route and even driving the course doesn’t really prepare you for what it is like to race at Boston. Everybody who struggles with the Boston Beast can take some solace in the fact that even four-time winner Bill Rodgers dropped out of his first Boston race at twenty miles. I often caution people in training for the marathon to remember the saying, “You have to respect the race, you have to respect the distance.” This goes double for Boston. After completing my first Patriots Day race, I developed a whole new reverence and...

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