M 35 – 39

A Day to Run Through the Cramps after Shaking the Winner’s Hand – Juan Martinez (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 in 2014, M 35 - 39, Martinez - Juan, New York

A Day to Run Through the Cramps after Shaking the Winner’s Hand – Juan Martinez (April 21, 2014)

I am an avid runner who normally trains 75 miles per week when not in marathon training phase. I’ve been running consistently for eight years, after seven years of no running while serving in the U.S. Navy. Prior to the Navy, I ran in high school for three years from 1994-1997, seeing lot of the New York City marathon being televised in my backyard, since I am a Jersey kid. I was always intrigued about racing in a marathon, but I was more intrigued about racing the Boston Marathon. I ran three marathons prior to the 2014 Boston marathon. My debut was the 2010 Suntrust Richmond (Virginia)...

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Nine years apart, tears for Boston – Emilio Romero (April 20, 2004)

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 in 2004, Ecuador, M 35 - 39, Romero - Emilio

Nine years apart, tears for Boston – Emilio Romero (April 20, 2004)

My wife had died four years earlier – just one month before the marathon which would have been our first. I had trained like crazy for about a year. A dearly loved aunt had flown to Houston to be with my three little kids while I ran the marathon. The very few stars in my then film-thin firmament were starting to align; but my children (10, 8 and 6 then) didn’t want to go to the Expo, they wanted to see the Aquarium. In the aftermath of any defining moment in our lives, we often try – for good or bad —to make sense in retrospect and pinpoint when and how it all started. And while I...

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A Good Day for Americans – Kevin McGuire (April 16, 2001)

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 in 2001, M 35 - 39, McGuire - Kevin, North Carolina

A Good Day for Americans – Kevin McGuire (April 16, 2001)

At noon a field of 15,606 runners left the Hopkinton starting line in the 105th Boston Marathon. I thus found myself among the third largest gathering in the event’s history, a field that included the last three men’s champions and the winners of the last four women’s races. However, after passing a half-million spectators along the route to Boston’s Copley Square, it was South Korea’s Lee Bong-Ju who took the laurel wreath and prize of $80,000 awaiting the winner. The Korean halted an unprecedented string of ten consecutive victories by Kenyans, giving his country...

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“It is the spectators who make the Boston Marathon what it is.” – Matthew Amick (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Amick - Matthew, Georgia, M 35 - 39

“It is the spectators who make the Boston Marathon what it is.” – Matthew Amick (April 15, 2013)

For the most part, my story of the 2013 Boston Marathon is very similar to many who have run it before me. From the first time I considered trying to qualify, and thinking “Oh, that won’t be that hard,” to realizing I may never be able to qualify, to the grueling training it took to become fast enough. But, Boston is the granddaddy of marathons! It is the one all marathoners strive for. Therefore, when I finally qualified, it was a huge relief!! Once my entry to the marathon was accepted, I decided I would run it as a celebration, not as a race. I wasn’t concerned...

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Even short fat guys can perform if they train for it! – Rob Crosswell (April 20, 1987)

Posted on Apr 20, 1987 in 1987, Crosswell - Rob, M 35 - 39, Pennsylvania

Even short fat guys can perform if they train for it! – Rob Crosswell (April 20, 1987)

I first started running in the mid 1980s. I had gained a lot of weight, and determined it was time to take action on that matter. I went to the track at the high school, and a few of my friends were there. They told me they were training for a marathon. I was impressed. I believe that was when the seed was planted for my personal marathon mania. (By the way, none of those friends ever made it to a marathon finish.) Shortly after that, I met an amazing guy named Joe Muldowney. Joe owned a small local running shoe store. I went in, and I guess I had him chuckling as I was asking about racing...

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