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The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in 2006, M 50 - 54, Ohio, Tucker - Jim "Typhoon"

The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

It all started several years earlier when I read an article in one of the Boston newspapers about how patrons of The Happy Swallow bar in Framingham would cheer wildly for the first marathon runner to come off the course near Mile 7 and enter the bar. Then the owner would give that runner a free beer as a reward. I said to myself: I want to be that runner on Monday! I had a low corral seeding, which put me near the front of the field but realistically marathon PRs were a thing of the past. So I decided I would essentially race as hard as I could to Framingham at my faster 7 mile pace instead...

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#1993 in 1993: Making your will exceed your skill – Ben Witherington (April 19, 1993)

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 in 1993, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Witherington - Ben

#1993 in 1993: Making your will exceed your skill – Ben Witherington (April 19, 1993)

Ah, Boston on Patriot’s Day… You can see most anything, like that man on stilts I caught on camera next to Fenway. The morning begins with the Marathon way out of town, even beyond Ashland, and certainly a long way from the Prudential Center. And then at 11:00am there is the annual Patriot’s Day game— only the Patriots aren’t playing. It’s April, so it’s the Red Sox playing at Fenway. And sometimes you even have the B’s (Bruins) and C’s (Celtics) playing on the same day. It’s a grand affair all around. There are many reasons to love Boston, and when I was but a wee lad of...

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Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 in 2016, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to take part in the Boston Marathon for the second straight year. In 2015, I posted a 3:44:27 at less than 100 percent. Fortunately, I still had a qualifying time to get me in for this year. Despite breaking my foot in August, I patiently worked my way back to at least close to my best shape yet. I had a big confidence booster in February with a half marathon PR, and I was able to get lots of training on rolling terrain due to traveling to Nashville a lot for work. I went into this year’s Boston Marathon gunning for a 3:15, and felt like I had a...

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Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in 2015, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Where do I even begin to try to start with a race that has been several years in the making? After qualifying in 2013 for the 2014 Boston Marathon with a 3:13:33 at the “Last Chance for Boston” (after battling back from stress fractures in both legs), I missed getting into the race by eleven seconds, since they lowered the qualifying times due to increased interest after the bombings. I worked hard to get even faster so my Boston dream could become a reality by running a 3:10:25 at the 2014 Erie Marathon. However, the dream to even get to Boston started right after running my first...

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A second chance to be someone special – Justin Thomas (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in 2015, M 18 - 34, Ohio, Thomas - Justin

A second chance to be someone special – Justin Thomas (April 20, 2015)

The question I get asked more than anything is “why do you run?” I am sure as runners we have all had that question asked a million times. It’s a basic question, but I don’t think anyone can give a simple answer. In my case it is definitely not an easy answer. I started running around age 11. My Aunt Kelly would take me out for runs during her off season from collegiate running. I will never forget her face the first time we ever did a three mile run together. During the run she looked over and said, “Wow, if you stick with this, you could be something really special.” Coming from...

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“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Keane - Michele, Ohio

“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

The 117th Boston affected my life in ways I could not imagine would ever happen. And although I’m pretty rational and nothing physically happened to me, I still think about that day and what could have been. I am a runner, with 45+ marathons and countless other races – half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, 15Ks, 10 milers – you name it. I’ve run pretty consistently for over 30 years and it is a part of me. I used to be “fast” back in the day but I can still hold my own in my age group. Running defines me to some extent. In fact, I have an ongoing joke with my daughter...

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