M 55 – 59

Spectators felt as strongly as the runners about reclaiming the race – Bob Young (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 in 2014, Arizona, M 55 - 59, Young - Bob

Spectators felt as strongly as the runners about reclaiming the race – Bob Young (April 21, 2014)

I last ran Boston (my second time) in 2009, and had no plans to return any time soon. But when the bombs went off in 2013, so did something inside just about anybody who cares about running and the Boston Marathon. The thought of the pain inflicted on innocent bystanders, the sport of distance running, and the city of Boston, was unbearable. Most people understand what Boston means to runners. It is our Super Bowl, a world running convention. I’m not sure, however, if those who haven’t experienced it, or do not come from New England, realize how important the race is to the...

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Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 in 2011, Chisholm - Brian, M 55 - 59, Massachusetts

Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013. It wasn’t the way I wanted to. I was wearing a white volunteer jacket with blue strips, pushing the yellow stretcher in the top right corner of the picture below, with three other volunteers. We were stopped briefly because the volunteer riding the rail thought he felt a pulse, but it was probably his own. That happens in situations like this where your own heart is pounding and you’re working to save someone’s life. We continued our race across the finish line and into Medical Tent A where we were directed to “go all...

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“This Boston Was ‘Tutu’ Memorable To Ever Forget” – W.K.Munsey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in 2014, M 55 - 59, Munsey - W K, West Virginia

“This Boston Was ‘Tutu’ Memorable To Ever Forget” – W.K.Munsey (April 21, 2014)

Glance at my photos from the 118th Boston Marathon and you might mistake the smiling runner in the frilly outfit for a crazy old man who slipped on the getup as a last-minute stunt to simply gain publicity. But the deafening cheers I received during my 26.2-mile race from the hallowed grounds of Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street reaffirmed the very personal decision I made to wear a tutu to pay tribute to the joy and spirit of the world’s greatest marathon. My idea of running the “Super Bowl” of marathons actually was born on April 16, 2012, while watching the 116th Boston...

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“Thank you so much for helping our city heal!” – Greg Hall (April 21, 2014)

Posted on May 29, 2014 in 2014, Hall - Greg, M 55 - 59, Missouri

“Thank you so much for helping our city heal!” – Greg Hall (April 21, 2014)

The Boston Marathon is special for its steep history, its fabled point-to-point course, the many well-known landmarks along the route and the great runners who have worn the champion’s olive wreath. This Boston though, will be remembered for those who never ran a step. Spring was slow returning to Boston for the 118th running of the world’s most famous marathon. The green ash, maple, and flowering crab trees that typically greet the current of runners in full bloom were naked and exposed along Commonwealth Avenue and in the Back Bay; their stark branches a reminder of the cruel winter...

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“After the rain chased my family from the finish line, I finished alone, but elated!” – Gerald Holbrook (April 22, 1991)

Posted on Apr 15, 1991 in 1991, Holbrook - Gerald, M 55 - 59, Tennessee

“After the rain chased my family from the finish line, I finished alone, but elated!” – Gerald Holbrook (April 22, 1991)

I only began running at age 51. I ran my first Marathon after 21 months as a runner. It was the Memphis Express Marathon, and I ran in 3:58:07 at age 53. Over the next eleven years, I ran a total of 17 Marathons, until after knee surgery, I followed the doctor’s advice and cut back to no more than 20 miles per week. Like most runners who love running Marathons, I began to wonder if I could qualify to run Boston. By 1988 I had been elected President of Memphis Runners Track Club, and I was leader and director of a local program to prepare runners for running a Marathon. At the end of that...

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