M 35 – 39

My Personalized Motivational Sign Proved to be Textbook – Kevin McGuire (April 15, 2002)

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 in 2002, M 35 - 39, McGuire - Kevin, North Carolina

My Personalized Motivational Sign Proved to be Textbook – Kevin McGuire (April 15, 2002)

The Boston Marathon is perhaps the definitive destination for distance runners. With its tough qualifying requirements, it is the goal to which countless runners aspire. As The Ultimate Guide to Marathons describes it, Boston is “the Mother of all Marathons, running’s best friend,” which “stands as the benchmark by which all other marathons are measured.” It is “unchallenged as the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.” I first ran Boston in 2001. A year later, I sought to document some of the race’s special attractions with a personal photo album. The...

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Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in 2015, California, Hau - Vincent, M 35 - 39, Uncategorized

Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Like most avid marathon runners, I’ve always dreamed of running the most prestigious marathon race in the world: the Boston Marathon. I first qualified when I was a medical student nearly eleven years ago, but was afraid of requesting time off from my third-year clinical rotations to run it. For the following ten years I’ve always regretted never asking. Since joining Kaiser Permanente, an institution that values an employee’s health and well-being via a strong work-life balance, I’ve been able to achieve qualifying for the Boston Marathon again. Ten years later, in 2014, I ran the...

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Mom Tried to Warn Me, but I Wouldn’t Listen – John Piekos (April 21, 2003)

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 in 2003, M 35 - 39, Massachusetts, Piekos - John

Mom Tried to Warn Me, but I Wouldn’t Listen – John Piekos (April 21, 2003)

The slogan for the 2003 marathon was “Everything you ever needed to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles.” I picked up a great poster with this slogan on it at the pre-race expo. This slogan has rung true for me for past marathons and I hope the account below will shed some meaning to it… I was relatively well prepared for this marathon, my fifth Boston, and my seventh overall. I had secured an official number waiving the qualifying time: my number was 20903. Pat, his nephew’s friend Ryan and I arrived at Hopkinton at 11:00am, one hour prior to the race...

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Running through the Center of the World – Jeffery Lung (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in 2014, Illinois, Lung - Jeffery, M 35 - 39

Running through the Center of the World – Jeffery Lung (April 21, 2014)

For over a year I dreamed about what it would feel like to run in the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon. Like many others, I felt compelled to be there no matter what it took. I was inspired to stand up as part of the running community, to help New England heal, to show my compassion and my support by doing what I love to do most: run long. The whole world would be watching. This is my story: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Sitting in the airport terminal, garbed in a bright orange and blue Boston Marathon jacket, I see I am not alone. The head-nods and thumbs ups from complete strangers come...

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I might have gotten a tear in my eye, but it was probably rain – Brian Lane (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in 2015, Lane - Brian, M 35 - 39, New York

I might have gotten a tear in my eye, but it was probably rain – Brian Lane (April 20, 2015)

Race day came and once again it was a long wait at the Vision Center before our 11:15 start. I am once again guiding for Rachel Weeks, a visually impaired runner from South Carolina. We are lucky the VI athletes and guides have the Center as a place to congregate before the race. It is a safe and dry place right off the starting gate, allowing us to rest and relax. Rachel and I both got in a good nap and listened to music to chill. I did some mingling with other athletes. So many great stories and people! I did however try to keep my focus and make sure I was stretched, fed, and hydrated for...

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“Stationary in the Middle of the Boylston Street” – Dave Branner (April 17, 1990)

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in 1990, Branner -Dave, M 35 - 39, Mississippi

“Stationary in the Middle of the Boylston Street” – Dave Branner (April 17, 1990)

My running career began in 1987, when at the age of 35, I decided it was time to lose a little weight. I ran my first race that May (the Coca-Cola Classic 10K in Corinth, MS), and found a new addiction. Over the next several months I participated in numerous local 5K’s and 10K’s. My running buddies were all more experienced, so I often listened and followed their advice. By the next year they suggested I move up and attempt a marathon. I signed up for the 1988 Tupelo Marathon and completed the distance in a time of 3:50. Whenever the subject of marathons came up, my running buddies...

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