M 65 – 69

“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in 2014, Harrell - Woody, M 65 - 69, Mississippi

“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

In July 1978, I finished third in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon (described as “among the most strenuous marathons in the nation”), just barely reaching my goal of under three hours. As I circled toward the finish line on the track at the Southern Highland Games, I was certain I was in fourth place. However, way up ahead of me, a running buddy of mine had made a wrong turn and was off course by a mile and a half before he discovered his error, a mistake, he was not able to overcome. It was the only time I ever came close to a marathon podium placement, so none the less, I happily...

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Between the Blasts: A retired judge describes the finish line terror – Roger McMillin (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 65 - 69, McMillin - Roger, Mississippi

Between the Blasts: A retired judge describes the finish line terror – Roger McMillin (April 15, 2013)

A total of 23,336 runners started the 2013 Boston Marathon, with 17,580 finishing. In the next few days, the Associated Press analyzed images and data including the finishing times recorded by chips on competitors’ bibs, to pinpoint some of the runners who were in the finish line area when the bombs went off. First published at Washingtontimes.com on April 20, 2013, this is one of those stories: The Judge Four hours, 10 minutes, 16 seconds. That’s the time stamped next to Roger McMillin’s name at the Boston Marathon this year Maybe it shouldn’t matter this year, but to McMillin,...

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Putting off Boston until Age 65 (not to mention quadruple by-pass surgery) – Vic Thayer (April 21, 2008)

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 in 2008, M 65 - 69, Tennessee, Thayer - Vic

Putting off Boston until Age 65 (not to mention quadruple by-pass surgery) – Vic Thayer (April 21, 2008)

I began my running program at age 39; I am almost 71 at present. I have competed in almost 1,000 races, and have logged close to 60,000 miles. As a competitive runner, I have participated in races from the Carolinas to California, and Rhode Island to Florida, as well as Canada. In 2004, my annual physical revealed I had a heart problem: four blocked arteries. I was told I had no option but to have open heart bypass surgery. On August 31, 2004, I had the surgery and was in the hospital for about 3 1/2 days. Prior to being released, my surgeon came to my room and during our conversation, I told...

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“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 in 2007, M 65 - 69, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

It took me a dozen years to get to Boston the first time. Then it took another 12 years to get back for my second. I ran my first marathon in Chicago in 1978. After that, I continued running marathons, but I limited them to one per year. I would run, cut back to maintenance mileage for several months, then build up mileage and run again. With each marathon, I always tried to improve my time enough to attain the dream of all marathoners: Boston Qualification. But the goal was elusive… Five years passed, then five more, and I was still trying. Along the way, I filled up an impressive dance...

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