Indiana

“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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Hearing “wicked ‘stache, bro!” a thousand times – Matt Flaherty (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 in 2014, Flaherty - Matt, Indiana, M 18 - 34

Hearing “wicked ‘stache, bro!” a thousand times – Matt Flaherty (April 21, 2014)

I must have heard “wicked ‘stache, bro!” a thousand times, or “killer ‘stache,” “love your ‘stache, “Go Pre!” etc. Which is, as my good friend Eric Senseman confirmed, “The Dream.” Well, the dream for anyone who loves mustaches. I grew up wanting a mustache my whole life, probably due to some combination of admiration for my mustachioed father and Steve Prefontaine (once I started running at age eleven). I couldn’t grow one until I was 23, but since then, I never go long without a ‘stache gracing my upper lip....

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The weather was brutal. I don’t remember ever being so cold. – Mark Davidhizar (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 in 2015, Davidhizar - Mark, Indiana, M 18 - 34

The weather was brutal. I don’t remember ever being so cold. – Mark Davidhizar (April 20, 2015)

Weather-wise this was one of the most miserable experiences of my life, but at the same time, Boston 2015 was one of the best experiences of my life. But before talking about race day, what a great weekend it was in Boston! So much to do, no doubt about it, though we didn’t do or see it all. First off, I would like to say thank you to Meghan Irvine and her family for allowing us to stay at their house. Despite the fact that we had to stay in a boys room with a bunch of Red Sox/Patriots stuff, it was comfortable and a lot cheaper than a hotel. After a late arriving flight into Boston Friday...

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#863 at the Start, # 865 at the End – Grant Stieglitz (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in 2014, Indiana, M 18 - 34, Stieglitz - Grant

#863 at the Start, # 865 at the End – Grant Stieglitz (April 21, 2014)

The first time I ran Boston was back in 2013, and I was 28 at the time. I had a qualifying time of 2:46:46 when I ran the Kona Marathon on June 24, 2012. I then ran a marathon on October 7th in Findlay, Ohio, called Red, White, and Blue 26.2, which I also won with a new best time of 2:45:31. I used that improved time to qualify for Boston. My goals are usually to not only improve my times, but also run a marathon under three hours in all 50 States plus the District of Columbia. Massachusetts became State #8 for me on my marathon journey. I was a bit nervous as we were getting ready to start,...

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“It took 38 marathons: five years and four months for my Boston dream to become reality” – Michelle Walker, “Mom 0’6” (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, F 40 - 44, Indiana, Walker - Michelle

“It took 38 marathons: five years and four months for my Boston dream to become reality” – Michelle Walker, “Mom 0’6” (April 15, 2013)

Do you have a bucket list? Do you have goals to check off? For five and a half years, my big dream was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is the mecca for many long distance runners. The race has a rich history. Having to qualify with a time from a previous marathon creates an exclusive environment. This race is the big badge of honor in the marathon world. The exclusive entry is coveted by most long distance runners. When I ran my very first marathon in Phoenix, Arizona, I thought this would be an easy goal to check off. I knew with the proper training, I could...

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