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“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in 1982, F 18 - 34, Lemon (Winters) - Jacquie, Texas

“Just go straight up the stairs to the right.” – Jacquie Lemon (Winters) (April 19, 1982)

In 1982, I was 25 years old. I qualified for The Boston Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December of 1981, with a time of 3:05. (I had run one marathon before White Rock, the New Orleans Marathon, also in 1981.) When I received my results booklet after Dallas (these printed results came via snail mail, weeks after the race), I noticed the Boston Marathon qualifying times for each age group were printed on one of the front pages. I was quite a surprised to flip over to my result and see I had qualified for Boston! I honestly was so young, so naïve, I don’t think I even...

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Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in 1973, Berry - Kent, M 18 - 34, Texas

Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

As I recollect my memories of the Boston Marathon and how I came to run it, it is much like writing my own obituary, because it rises to the top, like the perfect foam on a Guinness beer. That is to say, with great joy, comfort and humor, this race helped shape the person I became. My experience running Boston has played an enduring role through both the difficult times and the brilliant times of celebration. My personal story includes my parents getting a divorce, which left me without a support system. So in my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, which...

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“Am I in marathon heaven?” – Clemmie Cummins (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in 2009, Cummins Clemmie, F 55 - 59, Texas

“Am I in marathon heaven?” – Clemmie Cummins (April 20, 2009)

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? “It lives up to its reputation,” that’s what. This is my second trip, the first being in 2005. After my successful (!), but painful (!), California International Marathon in Sacramento back in December, I had decided I wanted to just run, not race, Boston. Don’t know when I’ll be back, so wanted to just soak up the details. This race is so well done, and it should be: They’ve been doing it for 113 years! Buses with heat and bathrooms to the start line—great idea. Despite the huge numbers of runners, it didn’t seem chaotic. When...

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“The sound of the bombs from the news went off in my head all night.” – Diane Sherer (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Sherer - Diane, Texas

“The sound of the bombs from the news went off in my head all night.” – Diane Sherer (April 15, 2013)

It’s been more than a year since I ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon, and I am finally writing my story — before it’s too late and I forget. I have been running marathons since 2001, when I ran the White Rock Marathon in Dallas. I have since run more than a dozen or so – I lose track. I ran then because I loved to run. Boston was far from my mind. I had kids and work and life to deal with. I ran because it kept me sane. I ran because I loved to eat. I ran because it was my time to contemplate and talk to God (or running buddies!). My first Boston Qualifying time (BQ) was in 2010 and was...

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Thank you, Boston, for your strength, perseverance, beauty, and grace. – Curt Metzger (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in 2014, M 45 - 49, Metzger - Curt, Texas

Thank you, Boston, for your strength, perseverance, beauty, and grace. – Curt Metzger (April 21, 2014)

Just about anything I say will not do it any justice. But let me try…again. Amazing support. The BAA kept in perfect contact with us through the final crazy month and few last weeks. Their information content was right on and they repeated very important items. Volunteers realized what they were in for and they were ready: From the loads of service men and women stationed everywhere along the way of our trip out to Hopkinton, in Athletes’ Village, along the course inside and outside the barricades, to all the completely amazing course support. There was always someone there. A splash of...

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“Back at the hotel, our phones went wild!.” – Curt Metzger (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 45 - 49, Metzger - Curt, Texas

“Back at the hotel, our phones went wild!.” – Curt Metzger (April 15, 2013)

My new boss called me on Monday evening to make sure I was OK. After I told him Kathy and I were not harmed or immediately affected by the blasts, he left me with a final statement/ directive that really took a while to sink in. He said, “Be sure to look after the Mrs. She was there. She was close. She may be a little upset and freaked out. Just keep an eye on her.” Anticipation had been growing since late September 2012, and I thought the day would never arrive. Boston is the pinnacle of road racing and getting there was important. The hard part of qualifying was over. The best...

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