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Running as the Bona Fide #14285 – Kara Bonneau (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 in 2014, Bonneau - Kara, F 18 - 34, North Carolina

Running as the Bona Fide #14285 – Kara Bonneau (April 21, 2014)

Though the 2014 Boston was not my “A” race of spring and I hadn’t been training specifically for a marathon, I’d been excited about it for weeks… First, it’s the Boston Marathon! Second, I had really strong feelings about running after being there and seeing the tragedy unfold the year before. And third, I would be running with an amazing group of Bull City Track Club friends, with my dad and my husband there to cheer me on. We traveled up to Boston on Saturday morning, checked into our hotel, and headed to the expo. After picking up my bib and race...

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A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in 2014, FitzGerald - Kevin, M 55 - 59, North Carolina

A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

As I rode the bus from the Boston Common out the starting line for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on the third Monday in April 2014, I thought how this journey had actually begun a full eight years earlier. I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2007, having qualified the prior May in my first marathon ever, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 2007 Boston Marathon was the year of the epic Nor’easter, whose conditions were so severe the BAA actually considered cancelling the event for the first time in the race’s 111-year history. Following that effort (3:09) I began a ritual of...

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My Personalized Motivational Sign Proved to be Textbook – Kevin McGuire (April 15, 2002)

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 in 2002, M 35 - 39, McGuire - Kevin, North Carolina

My Personalized Motivational Sign Proved to be Textbook – Kevin McGuire (April 15, 2002)

The Boston Marathon is perhaps the definitive destination for distance runners. With its tough qualifying requirements, it is the goal to which countless runners aspire. As The Ultimate Guide to Marathons describes it, Boston is “the Mother of all Marathons, running’s best friend,” which “stands as the benchmark by which all other marathons are measured.” It is “unchallenged as the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.” I first ran Boston in 2001. A year later, I sought to document some of the race’s special attractions with a personal photo album. The...

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In a “my legs are tired” way, not in a “I might die, need to walk, or maybe vomit” kind of way – Kara Bonneau (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 in 2013, Bonneau - Kara, F 18 - 34, North Carolina

In a “my legs are tired” way, not in a “I might die, need to walk, or maybe vomit” kind of way – Kara Bonneau (April 15, 2013)

Wow. Well, obviously the aftermath brought a lot more emotions and many things to process far more important than the actual race. Things I never dreamed I’d be considering when recording my first Boston experience. But her I want to focus on the good and the positive that came before… My husband Monte and I flew into Boston on Saturday afternoon. After a great carb loading pasta dinner with friends, we drove out to our hotel in Milford, which is only about 15 minutes from Hopkinton. Sunday we drove out to the start and though to that point I had mostly been nervous about my lack of...

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The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 in 2014, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

I don’t even know where to start! Boston 2014 was quite possibly the most amazing display of humanity ever. Boston pumped love, perseverance, support, and empathy; every second, all weekend. I have never in my life experienced this type of non-stop caring and selflessness from every single person I bumped into during my entire trip. Everyone wanted to help make the next person smile. It was contagious. It is one thing to read about it or hear it on the news, but the experience was simply amazing. Beyond words, but I will try. I left home on a flight to Boston kind of freaked out by the...

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How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 2015, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

After running back-to-back 2:58:30s in 2013 and 2014, I had set my sights squarely on going under 2:55 at Boston. However, I crossed the finish line on Boylston four minutes slower, not faster. I feel weird saying this, but I’m not as upset as you might think. Clearly, that was not the race I had trained for. While I am bummed I didn’t go sub 2:55, I’m more bummed we had horrible race conditions. That, I can’t control. If we had 40 degrees and a tailwind and I ran the same time, I would be sick to my stomach! I certainly felt long distance support all along the way....

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