M 45 – 49

Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 in 2016, California, M 45 - 49, Sohaskey - Mike

Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

The “Marathon” race from Ashland to this city, held under the auspices of the Boston athletic association yesterday… proved a great success and is an assurance of an annual fixture of the same kind. – The Boston Globe, 20 April 1897 I’d made it to Mecca. Not the Holy Land to which devout Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, but the one to which devout runners make theirs. I’d made it to Boston. Ok, so technically that wasn’t true — not yet. As Katie’s childhood buddy Paul and I meandered through the Athletes’ Village awaiting the start of the world’s most prestigious...

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26.2 mile of kissing the earth with my feet: The Hula Man does Boston – Chris Davis (April 17, 2000)

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in 2000, Arizona, Davis - Chris, M 45 - 49

26.2 mile of kissing the earth with my feet: The Hula Man does Boston – Chris Davis (April 17, 2000)

There were so many memorable moments about my running of the 104th Boston Marathon I could write an entire volume. Boston is one of the best cities in the US and we loved it. We arrived at our Bed and Breakfast five blocks from the finish line late Thursday and spent the night resting. When we went out to do some site seeing on Friday, it was very evident there was a going to be a major marathon going on soon. There were lots of marathon jackets, and they were the best looking I have seen: a blue and yellow nylon jacket with a flap in the back giving it a small cape effect. I didn’t think I...

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In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 in 2011, Canada, M 45 - 49, Palmer - Matt

In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April  18, 2011)

In 2009 when I decided to run my first marathon, my goal from the start was to see if I could qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston is the dream for so many people, because it is legendary. It is the oldest, longest running marathon in the world, and it is the only one, other than the Olympics, for which you must qualify. Most of us have little chance of that. For the average runner, Boston has become the brass ring. I wanted to know if I could do it: not just finish a marathon, but be fast enough to go to Boston. I ran my first marathon in May of 2009, missing the Boston qualifying mark by...

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Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Posted on May 29, 2015 in 2006, Canada, Hemingson - Vince, M 45 - 49

Let me tell you, Boston takes no prisoners – Vince Hemingson (April 17, 2006).

Boston is one tough marathon course. Reading about the route and even driving the course doesn’t really prepare you for what it is like to race at Boston. Everybody who struggles with the Boston Beast can take some solace in the fact that even four-time winner Bill Rodgers dropped out of his first Boston race at twenty miles. I often caution people in training for the marathon to remember the saying, “You have to respect the race, you have to respect the distance.” This goes double for Boston. After completing my first Patriots Day race, I developed a whole new reverence and...

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735 Days – John Young (April 20, 2015)

Posted on May 5, 2015 in 2013, 2014, 2015, M 45 - 49, Massachusetts, Young - John

735 Days – John Young (April 20, 2015)

Two weeks after the 2015 Boston Marathon, I am finally finished with my thoughts about the entire experience. Those of you who know me are aware of the emotional challenge these last two years have been. They, of course, pale in comparison to the pain and heartache countless families have had to deal with in the wake of the tragedy in our city back on April 15th, 2013. I do not for a second pretend the depression I have gone through is anything like what others have had to deal with. But this has been my battle, and I will attempt to share some of my feelings as I tell what April 20, 2015,...

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Quinn Strong: Running with the power of purpose – Randy Pierce (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in 2015, M 45 - 49, New Hampshire, Pierce - Randy

Quinn Strong: Running with the power of purpose – Randy Pierce (April 20, 2015)

I didn’t choose to go blind. But the choice I made after going blind, that’s what defines my life. On a cold, gray April day, running into a headwind and then steady rain, this choice led me to the hilly, grueling Boston course. Here, on this most unlikely day, I beat my previous personal marathon best by almost 24 minutes. A week after the race, while I’m still basking in an exuberant glow from the race itself, as well as the thousands of congratulations, at this point Boston feels like a lifetime ago. There is, however, a potent take-away message for me I thought worth sharing...

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