F 18 – 34

“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in 1982, F 18 - 34, Lemon (Winters) - Jacquie, Texas

“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

In 1982, I was 25 years old. I qualified for The Boston Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December of 1981, with a time of 3:05. (I had run one marathon before White Rock, the New Orleans Marathon, also in 1981.) When I received my results booklet after Dallas (these printed results came via snail mail, weeks after the race), I noticed the Boston Marathon qualifying times for each age group were printed on one of the front pages. I was quite a surprised to flip over to my result and see I had qualified for Boston! I honestly was so young, so naïve, I don’t think I even...

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From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in 1992, F 18 - 34, Waldron - Kathy, Wisconsin

From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

My eleven siblings and I were raised on a dairy farm in Reedsville, Wisconsin, by awesome, hard-working parents. Quite often instead of us taking the bus home, our Mom or Pa would pick us up from school in our old Ford station wagon, so we could get milking chores started earlier. In 1964 when I was in kindergarten, the thing I looked forward to the most was having my whole family waiting for me to literally “run” out to the car, and have my Pa yell to me every day “See how fast Kathy can run!” So I would run as fast as I could. I thought I was a champion! I thought I...

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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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(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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I got a bit emotional as I realized these people didn’t know me, but were cheering for me anyway. – Renee Neufeld (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 in 2010, F 18 - 34, Neufeld - Renee, South Dakota

I got a bit emotional as I realized these people didn’t know me, but were cheering for me anyway. – Renee Neufeld (April 19, 2010)

My first attempt to train and qualify for Boston came in 2004 with the Chicago Marathon. I was training really well, and then while playing a large group game at camp, I did an unintentional back flip. Afterwards my knee wasn’t the same, but I decided to run the marathon anyway. I came so close to qualifying, but I forgot to figure in the final 2/10 mile. I finished with a 3:41:22, 23 seconds short of qualifying. I decided it was God’s way of telling me I should get my knee checked out. The resulting appointment led me to knee surgery for a meniscus tear and several weeks of rest. The...

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