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One of the most surreal and satisfying days of my life – Dan Mullen (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in 2016, M 40 - 44, Mississippi, Mullen - Dan

One of the most surreal and satisfying days of my life – Dan Mullen (April 18, 2016)

Imagine your first round of golf being at Augusta National, experiencing your first horse race at Churchill Downs or entering a stadium the first time at the Olympics. Then imagine actually taking part in the Masters, Kentucky Derby or Olympic Opening Ceremonies. That’s what it felt like for me to run the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day 2016. I’d never even run so much as a neighborhood 5K in my life. The first time I’d ever picked up a bib number was at the Hynes Convention Center on Sunday evening. And after I willed myself through the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course...

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The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in 2013, Lee - Joey, M 40 - 44, Mississippi

The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

I’ll forever remember the 2013 Boston Marathon as the day I came way too close to losing absolutely everything, when my family was almost taken, leaving me with nothing, alone and broken. It started like any other race morning: very early, but that’s the only normal thing about the Boston Marathon. I left the hotel and took the subway to the Boston Common where 27,000 of us boarded buses to Hopkinton. We arrived at the Athletes Village around 7:00 a.m. You could feel the nervous energy and anticipation in the air as we looked for a spot for our three-hour wait. Veteran Boston runners...

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How I cut my deficit to Boston Billy by over 20 minutes… – James Crosthwait (April 16, 1979)

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in 1979, Crosthwait - James, M 40 - 44, Mississippi

How I cut my deficit to Boston Billy by over 20 minutes… – James Crosthwait (April 16, 1979)

After running Boston in 1978 in 3 hours 20 minutes, I came back to run the race again a year later. The rapid growth in the marathon’s popularity in those years was evident: in ’78 there were 4,764 official runners; in 1979, the number swelled to 7,927, the first year the number of racers exceeded the everyday population of tiny Hopkinton. With the large number of unofficial runners, I’d estimate the actual race size was more like 10,000. While waiting in Hopkinton, a preteen boy asked for my autograph, probably thinking I was well known author [“Running & Being: The Total...

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“Stationary in the Middle of the Boylston Street” – Dave Branner (April 17, 1990)

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in 1990, Branner -Dave, M 35 - 39, Mississippi

“Stationary in the Middle of the Boylston Street” – Dave Branner (April 17, 1990)

My running career began in 1987, when at the age of 35, I decided it was time to lose a little weight. I ran my first race that May (the Coca-Cola Classic 10K in Corinth, MS), and found a new addiction. Over the next several months I participated in numerous local 5K’s and 10K’s. My running buddies were all more experienced, so I often listened and followed their advice. By the next year they suggested I move up and attempt a marathon. I signed up for the 1988 Tupelo Marathon and completed the distance in a time of 3:50. Whenever the subject of marathons came up, my running buddies...

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“I had no cell phone, no I.D., no money, no hotel room key. However, I did have my lipstick.” – Roan Johnson (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in 2013, F 40 - 44, Johnson - Roan, Mississippi

“I had no cell phone, no I.D., no money, no hotel room key.  However, I did have my lipstick.” – Roan Johnson (April 15, 2013)

First of all, I want to explain how I even got to run the Boston Marathon in the first place. If you know anything about the sport of long distance running world, you probably know the Boston Marathon is the big race. This year was the 117th Boston Marathon. Elite runners from around the world compete in this marathon, and about 20,000 qualified runners make up the majority of the field. A Boston Qualified runner is one who has run a certified marathon course below a certain time based on gender and age. And it is tough to qualify! Currently for my age group (40-45), a female runner must run...

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“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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