F 50 – 54

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in 2010, Casola - Debbie, F 50 - 54, Virginia

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Our Cruiser running group enjoyed a fun weekend filled with attending the huge Boston Marathon expo and packet pick-up, the guys’ 5K on Sunday morning, and our pre-race dinner on Sunday night. After dinner, we got back to our hotel, and before heading to bed, I tied my chip to my shoe, and set out my clothes, bib, banana, water, etc. for race morning. The only thing left to do was run the marathon on Patriots’ Day! Monday morning, I woke up easily to a beautiful sunny day and my entourage escorted me to the bus pick-up area. The lines were crazy long and Alan and I couldn’t find Candy...

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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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260 Thank You’s – Chrissy Yamada (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Washington, Yamada - Christine

260 Thank You’s – Chrissy Yamada (April 21, 2014)

It has always been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon, but as a five-hour runner, I knew I would never make the BAA’s qualifying standards. So I decided in 2013 to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital and thus gained entry into the 117th Boston Marathon. I was at mile 22 when the bombs went off, and I was stopped short of finishing at mile 25.5. I was deeply upset about the tragic events that day. I received an invitation in May 2013 to come back and finish the race in 2014. I thought a lot about the fans and spectators and how they were the ones badly hurt, injured and...

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“Boston on a Five Year Cycle” – Beate Ritter (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Germany, Ritter - Beate

“Boston on a Five Year Cycle” – Beate Ritter (April 21, 2014)

We started running in 2004 and at first never thought of doing a marathon. We just ran because it was fun. However, after a few weeks we signed up for a 10k race – my first – and we really enjoyed it! Then after a while we thought: “New York City Marathon. Wow, that would be the race!” So I started small: I did the Berlin Marathon in 2006 and NYC in 2007. Our plans grew bigger and we signed up for our first Boston in 2009. We had a great race (although slow… Especially me!), but we finished and we decided to come back five years later! Five years is a good length of...

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“The sound of the bombs from the news went off in my head all night.” – Diane Sherer (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Sherer - Diane, Texas

“The sound of the bombs from the news went off in my head all night.” – Diane Sherer (April 15, 2013)

It’s been more than a year since I ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon, and I am finally writing my story — before it’s too late and I forget. I have been running marathons since 2001, when I ran the White Rock Marathon in Dallas. I have since run more than a dozen or so – I lose track. I ran then because I loved to run. Boston was far from my mind. I had kids and work and life to deal with. I ran because it kept me sane. I ran because I loved to eat. I ran because it was my time to contemplate and talk to God (or running buddies!). My first Boston Qualifying time (BQ) was in 2010 and was...

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“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Keane - Michele, Ohio

“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

The 117th Boston affected my life in ways I could not imagine would ever happen. And although I’m pretty rational and nothing physically happened to me, I still think about that day and what could have been. I am a runner, with 45+ marathons and countless other races – half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, 15Ks, 10 milers – you name it. I’ve run pretty consistently for over 30 years and it is a part of me. I used to be “fast” back in the day but I can still hold my own in my age group. Running defines me to some extent. In fact, I have an ongoing joke with my daughter...

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