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Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in 1973, Berry - Kent, M 18 - 34, Texas

Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

As I recollect my memories of the Boston Marathon and how I came to run it, it is much like writing my own obituary, because it rises to the top, like the perfect foam on a Guinness beer. That is to say, with great joy, comfort and humor, this race helped shape the person I became. My experience running Boston has played an enduring role through both the difficult times and the brilliant times of celebration. My personal story includes my parents getting a divorce, which left me without a support system. So in my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, which...

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The idea of the Boston Marathon is almost as powerful as the race itself – Scott McMurtrey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in 2014, M 18 - 34, McMurtrey - Scott, Washington

The idea of the Boston Marathon is almost as powerful as the race itself – Scott McMurtrey (April 21, 2014)

I ran Boston for the first time in 2011, and I didn’t have a strong desire to ever run it again. I had wanted to do it once in my life, and I was very grateful and satisfied to have had that experience. I just didn’t feel I needed to come back and do it again. But after watching the events unfold in 2013 while I was glued to my work computer, my emotions ran from horror, to anger, and then – like the majority of runners across the country – to defiance. “I will run Boston in 2014.” In 2011, I ran Boston like a tourist. I carried my camera and took a ton of...

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Number Six of my Fifty State Marathons and my Proudest Accomplishment – Scott Swanson (April 15, 2002)

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in 2002, M 18 - 34, Nebraska, Swanson - Scott

Number Six of my Fifty State Marathons and my Proudest Accomplishment – Scott Swanson (April 15, 2002)

The Boston Marathon represented the end of a two year pursuit for me. In 2000, I set a goal to qualify for Boston and reached that goal in the Twin Cities Marathon that same year (a personal record of 3:09:52). The qualifying time was good for two years. I was very busy with medical school, so I decided to run Boston the following year. By that time, I had met my wife-to-be, and we spent several days touring the historic city. (She was in OT school and couldn’t get any time off. She told her professors she had scabies and couldn’t come to class for a few days! Nobody asks for...

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1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 1973, Harrell - Woody, M 18 - 34, Maryland

1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

First, a little background: My so-called road racing career began in fits and starts; but the initial date is easy to pin down: the day I read an article in the June 01, 1964, issue of Sports Illustrated about American expatriate Buddy Edelen. Unnoticed by most Americans, Edelen had run the first- and third-fastest marathons of all time, and had just returned from England to win the US Olympic marathon trial at Yonkers, New York, by over 20 minutes. I was fascinated! I was amazed. I was inspired! So much so  I put on my tennis shoes (literally my tennis shoes; who had a pair of running shoes...

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Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in 2013, Illinois, Lung - Jeffery, M 18 - 34

Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Follow That Unicorn! (Eleven days before) When I first took up running a few years ago, qualifying for the storied Boston Marathon seemed about as realistic as making out with Mila Kunis. This seemed especially true after barely completing my first marathon in just under a grueling four hours. Well, maybe it’s time to give Mila a call. In eleven days, I will take my rightful place among the upper echelon of marathoners whose communal zenith rests atop the peak of Heartbreak Hill and reaches maximum dopamine levels somewhere along Boylston Street. To say I’m excited about the impending...

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A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2011, M 18 - 34, McMurtrey - Scott, Washington

A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

My first Boston Marathon experience was a major letdown. A drag. An abysmal weekend. Never has a marathon been talked up as much as Boston has. Ever. I’ve been reading race reports and articles about Boston for years and it’s always “Boston is great. The food is awesome. The fans are wonderful. The atmosphere is unbeatable.” But I felt like it was all this big joke on Scott, that everyone was an actor and I was the fool on hidden camera. So why was everyone else acting like they were having so much fun? Boston’s kinda of a bummer of a city with not much to do....

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