M 60 – 64

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in 2012, California, Davis - Tom, M 60 - 64

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

To race in the Boston Marathon, you need to run a qualifying marathon faster than a “qualifying time” which depends on your sex and your age (unless you agree to raise lots of money for approved charities). I just squeaked in with a qualifying time, so of course I had to race it. My goal for the race itself was basically to re-qualify for next year. I’m a good, but not a great runner, but if I work hard and train carefully, I can qualify. I have qualified for the Boston Marathon four times in my life and each time, I only had a few minutes to spare and each time I had...

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“I Have Unfinished Business in 2014” – John Hazen (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Hazen - John, M 60 - 64, Tennessee

“I Have Unfinished Business in 2014” – John Hazen (April 15, 2013)

My Journey started on a very good day, as I was blessed to qualify in my very first marathon, September 2012, at Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA, running a 3:52:00, three minutes under my BQ time of 3:55. At age 60, I was the oldest runner from Shelby County to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. Jan Jensen, a fellow runner in the Gazelles & Geezers and Germantown Thoroughbred groups, and a Boston Marathon veteran, convinced me I should try a full marathon, based on good runs I ran at the St Jude’s 1/2, Gulf Coast 1/2 Ironman, and Navy Nautical 10 miler. Jan ran a PR at Presque Isle and also...

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“My legs were screaming to stop, but my brain wouldn’t listen.” – Joe Peters (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 60 - 64, Peters - Joe, Tennessee

“My legs were screaming to stop, but my brain wouldn’t listen.” – Joe Peters (April 15, 2013)

I am a practicing physician in southwest Tennessee’s Hardin County, and live in a small community just north of Corinth, Mississippi. I started running seriously later in life, and over an eight year period worked my way up from 5k’s to marathons. I first ran Boston in 2011, after qualifying in 2010. I thought I was in heaven! There is nothing to compare with the Boston Marathon (at least for me)! I have qualified four times for Boston since 2010, but did not run in 2012 due to a severe knee injury just one month before the race. I had knee surgery the week after Boston 2012, and spent...

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Not Ready for the Kenyan JV Team – Steve Penrose (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 in 2007, M 60 - 64, Penrose - Steve, Texas

Not Ready for the Kenyan JV Team – Steve Penrose (April 16, 2007)

It’s three days to the Patriots’ Day holiday, or more correctly, Marathon Day. I head down to the convention center to pick up my official number and information packet. There are about 23,000 people signed up to run, but few show up right at the opening and the volunteers process us smoothly and quickly. Naturally the exit from the number pick-up leads directly to a massive exposition where purveyors of everything associated with running—shoes, clothes, watches, energy foods—compete for attention. Attractive young male and female salespeople assure me that just this one last item...

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