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From Philly to Boston – Mike Rossi (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 in 2015, M 45 - 49, Pennsylvania, Rossi - Mike

From Philly to Boston – Mike Rossi (April 20, 2015)

It was quite a journey. Who would have thought a mere 27 months ago, when I first started “running,” that I would have the opportunity to take part in the most prestigious race in the world – The Boston Marathon. I trained hard, like all of my fellow runners. I ran through a cold and icy winter of training, including many miles on the “Dreadmill.” A nasty hip injury brought my training to an early end, limiting me to a single six mile run in the four weeks leading up to the race. Then, the day before we left for Boston, my grandmother died. I was fortunate to...

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My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in 2013, M 55 - 59, Muldowney - Joe, Pennsylvania

My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

After a bounce-back effort that erased the previous year’s “epic failure” in the heat plagued race of 2012, and posted a satisfying 3:04:13, Joe Muldowney and his wife settled into the nearby Legal Sea Foods restaurant for a celebratory meal. Here the Veteran Boston Marathoner reflects on how a senseless, heinous act ruined a “great day in Boston,” and how good will always triumph over evil, how determined human beings will always defeat adversity.

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A continuous clap and a constant roar – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 1996)

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in 1996, M 40 - 44, Muldowney - Joe, Pennsylvania

A continuous clap and a constant roar – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 1996)

On April 15, 1996, the world’s oldest marathon was about to become the world’s largest marathon. But it wasn’t going to be easy. The northeastern United States had experienced its snowiest winter on record, and simply because the calendar read “April” meant little to Mother Nature, who pursued her relentless polar assault into the middle of the month. On April 10th, fifteen inches of snow fell on Hopkinton. Heavy rains continued for the remainder of the week, turning the grounds around the Hopkinton Middle School into a soupy quagmire. Ever resourceful, the Boston Athletic...

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Sharing a handful of moments that filled my heart with joy – Megan Hetzel (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, F 18 - 34, Hetzel - Megan, Pennsylvania

Sharing a handful of moments that filled my heart with joy – Megan Hetzel (April 15, 2013)

 I’ve divided this post into two parts: the first will address yesterday’s tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon; the second will share a few of the happier moments from the weekend because, frankly, I’m weary of reading about the sadness that now surrounds what was meant to be a euphoric, celebratory event. I’ve desperately needed a reason to smile, so, in an attempt at some shred of normalcy, I wrote up a quick race report that will hopefully make you smile, too. So, here we go… I sat this morning at the airport in Boston in a sort of grief-stricken stupor,...

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Foregoing the race, and embracing the experience – Kristy Campbell (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 in 2012, Campbell - Kristy, F 18 - 34, Pennsylvania

Foregoing the race, and embracing the experience – Kristy Campbell (April 16, 2012)

I truly believe anything is possible, if you want it badly enough. For me, qualifying for (and running!) the Boston Marathon was a big dream for many, many years. I’m sure people thought I was crazy talking about BQ’ing when I was still hours (yes, hours) away from my BQ time. But Boston was always in the back of my mind during every marathon. It took me nine marathons to qualify for Boston. I ran my first marathon, the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon, in 5:12. Over the next seven years, I chipped away at my marathon finish time, slowly, and with lots of hard work, determination, and a little...

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Even short fat guys can perform if they train for it! – Rob Crosswell (April 20, 1987)

Posted on Apr 20, 1987 in 1987, Crosswell - Rob, M 35 - 39, Pennsylvania

Even short fat guys can perform if they train for it! – Rob Crosswell (April 20, 1987)

I first started running in the mid 1980s. I had gained a lot of weight, and determined it was time to take action on that matter. I went to the track at the high school, and a few of my friends were there. They told me they were training for a marathon. I was impressed. I believe that was when the seed was planted for my personal marathon mania. (By the way, none of those friends ever made it to a marathon finish.) Shortly after that, I met an amazing guy named Joe Muldowney. Joe owned a small local running shoe store. I went in, and I guess I had him chuckling as I was asking about racing...

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