M 70 – 74

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in 2012, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

You could see it coming: An early spring heat wave, making its way from the Great Plains eastward across the central United States. The unseasonable weather spared neither north nor south as it baked its way across the country. With only a week to go before the start of the 116th Boston Marathon, BAA warnings began arriving for registered runners. Faced with an ominous forecast, race officials warned: “Only the fittest runners should attempt the marathon,” causing me to introspect, at age 70 and just weeks removed from Melanoma surgery, how I could possibly be in that ‘fittest’ group....

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Never Got To Make The Last Two Turns – Kenneth Williams (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

Never Got To Make The Last Two Turns – Kenneth Williams (April 15, 2013)

“Right on Hereford, left on Boylston” – that’s what was written on the T-shirt Kenneth Williams decided to wear to the Boston Marathon. Those are the last two turns of the race, and Williams was just about to make that right turn on Hereford when the bomb went off on Boylston. “I saw smoke and thought to myself, ‘what is that?’ ” Williams said. “One moment, I was just trying to survive up to the 26th mile, and I was only thinking about oxygen. Then, a moment later, we were stopped.” That was the end of the race for the Corinth, Mississippi, native...

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“The sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for” – Dallas Smith (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 70 - 74, Smith - Dallas, Tennessee

“The sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for” – Dallas Smith (April 15, 2013)

Most of the stories on BOSTONlog concentrate on a runner’s effort to qualify for Boston and the personal experiences of race day. This story is unusual, as it concerns a happy ending four months later… Today I received the sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for. For four months I told everyone I had finished fourth in my age division at the 2013 Boston Marathon, broadcasting it on Twitter and Facebook and even saying it in a radio interview. But all the while I knew it wasn’t true. Boston had made an error in my time. I’d actually finished third, hence a podium position....

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