Massachusetts

Mom Tried to Warn Me, but I Wouldn’t Listen – John Piekos (April 21, 2003)

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 in 2003, M 35 - 39, Massachusetts, Piekos - John

Mom Tried to Warn Me, but I Wouldn’t Listen – John Piekos (April 21, 2003)

The slogan for the 2003 marathon was “Everything you ever needed to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles.” I picked up a great poster with this slogan on it at the pre-race expo. This slogan has rung true for me for past marathons and I hope the account below will shed some meaning to it… I was relatively well prepared for this marathon, my fifth Boston, and my seventh overall. I had secured an official number waiving the qualifying time: my number was 20903. Pat, his nephew’s friend Ryan and I arrived at Hopkinton at 11:00am, one hour prior to the race...

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Proud to Accept the Invitation – Steve Silva (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 in 2014, M 50 - 54, Massachusetts, Silva - Steve

Proud to Accept the Invitation – Steve Silva (April 21, 2014)

At 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, I was recording video from the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, ten yards away from where the first bomb went off. I was trying to get a lot of those first-time marathoners and charity runners coming across. People who aren’t used to running that race let out a lot of emotion on the finish line. You never know what you’re going to see, people doing cartwheels or all sorts of things on the finish line. In an instant, jubilation turned to terror. One year later I crossed the same finish line as a runner in the 2014 Boston Marathon, after being...

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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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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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Third time’s the charm! – Chris Teachout (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 in 2014, M 40 - 44, Massachusetts, Teachout - Chris

Third time’s the charm! – Chris Teachout (April 21, 2014)

My Boston Marathon story starts on January 4th, 2011. That was the day I weighed in for “The Biggest Loser” challenge at work, and I tipped the scale at 300 pounds. That’s the most I have ever weighed in my life. At the time, I could barely walk three miles without stopping. I spent the next nine months walking faster and farther, until September of that year, when I signed up for a 10K race. I tied for last place, but I finished, and was bitten by the running bug. I then set my sights for Boston. I trained all winter, and when the day finally came to run, the temperature hit 90...

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WE ARE BOSTON STRONG and the whole world knows it! – Kelly LeCours (April 21, 2014)

Posted on May 11, 2014 in 2014, F 45 - 49, LeCours - Kelly, Massachusetts

WE ARE BOSTON STRONG and the whole world knows it! – Kelly LeCours (April 21, 2014)

I am 49 years old, married to a marathoner and have two beautiful girls. 2014 was my 13th Boston Marathon. Last year in Boston I had a great race finishing in my fastest Boston time – 3:17:10. When I finished, I grabbed my clothes and went to Exhale Spa for a wonderful shower. This has become a Boston ritual for me. Feeling great after the shower, I headed with my friend over to MJ’s for a beer. That’s when we realized something TERRIBLE had happened. My friend Carmela and I were desperate to find friends and family to make sure they were OK. I had told my brother, who also...

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