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Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in 2015, California, Hau - Vincent, M 35 - 39, Uncategorized

Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Like most avid marathon runners, I’ve always dreamed of running the most prestigious marathon race in the world: the Boston Marathon. I first qualified when I was a medical student nearly eleven years ago, but was afraid of requesting time off from my third-year clinical rotations to run it. For the following ten years I’ve always regretted never asking. Since joining Kaiser Permanente, an institution that values an employee’s health and well-being via a strong work-life balance, I’ve been able to achieve qualifying for the Boston Marathon again. Ten years later, in 2014, I ran the...

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Year-by-Year Synopsis of the Boston Marathon from 1897 to 1985, Prepared & Distributed by the BAA for the 90th Race (5)

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

    1973 Former Cornell University track standout Jon Anderson pulled away from defending champion Olavi Suomalainen near the 20-mile mark and won by more than 1 1/2 minutes in 2:16:03. New Jersey’s Tom Fleming closed fast over the final miles to grab the runner-up spot from Suomalainen. This was the first of Fleming’s two second place finishes at Boston. Jackie Hansen from Granada Hills, California, won the women’s race with a record 3:05:59 as the field reached a record 1,384 participants. 1. Jon Anderson — Oregon; 2. Tom Fleming — New Jersey; 3....

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Year-by-Year Synopsis of the Boston Marathon from 1897 to 1985, Prepared & Distributed by the BAA for the 90th Race (4)

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

    1947 The smallest Boston winner and the first of many Orientals who would leave their mark at Boston, 5’1” Korean Yun Bok Suh raced to a course record and world best performance of 2:25:39. American servicemen contributed funds for his trip to Boston. Along the way, Suh overcame a fall caused by a Fox Terrier that wandered onto the course. Soon after, Suh took over the lead from Finland’s Mikko Hietanen on the last of the Newton hills and ran unpressed to the finish. 1. Yun Bok Suh — Korea; 2. Mikko Heitanen — Finland; 3. Ted Vogel — Watertown,...

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Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in 2010, 2013, 2014, Australia, M 50 - 54, Mundy - Shane, Uncategorized

Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

In 2006, I visited my doctor weighing 104kg. With medicated high blood pressure, dangerously high cholesterol, and a shocking liver reading, I was on a path to destruction! I started my own butchery business at the age of 19, and that was the end of my exercise years until 2006. That day the doctor told me I would be lucky to see 60! I went home, tipped out the whiskey bottle, and went for a run. I told my wife I wanted to run the Boston Marathon and she laughed ha-ha-ha. I said “But first I have to run a qualifier.” I set my sights on the Gold Coast Marathon here in Australia and trained...

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Boston Qualified! 2014 – “…but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward!”

Posted on Jan 1, 1970 in Uncategorized

Boston Qualified! 2014 – “…but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward!”

Lisa Johnston My Boston Story is not complete yet. My Boston Qualifying story is. After seven marathon attempts, with my best time being 4:02, I had basically given up qualifying for Boston. I took a five year hiatus from running, had a couple of beautiful baby girls, and finally got back into running in 2012. In early 2013, my best running friend convinced me to sign up for a 50k. When I got back into running in 2012, I had decided to “never run a marathon again,” so this was a long shot, but I accepted the challenge. A few weeks later, I decided that running a marathon would be...

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