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The idea of the Boston Marathon is almost as powerful as the race itself – Scott McMurtrey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in 2014, M 18 - 34, McMurtrey - Scott, Washington

The idea of the Boston Marathon is almost as powerful as the race itself – Scott McMurtrey (April 21, 2014)

I ran Boston for the first time in 2011, and I didn’t have a strong desire to ever run it again. I had wanted to do it once in my life, and I was very grateful and satisfied to have had that experience. I just didn’t feel I needed to come back and do it again. But after watching the events unfold in 2013 while I was glued to my work computer, my emotions ran from horror, to anger, and then – like the majority of runners across the country – to defiance. “I will run Boston in 2014.” In 2011, I ran Boston like a tourist. I carried my camera and took a ton of...

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A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2011, M 18 - 34, McMurtrey - Scott, Washington

A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

My first Boston Marathon experience was a major letdown. A drag. An abysmal weekend. Never has a marathon been talked up as much as Boston has. Ever. I’ve been reading race reports and articles about Boston for years and it’s always “Boston is great. The food is awesome. The fans are wonderful. The atmosphere is unbeatable.” But I felt like it was all this big joke on Scott, that everyone was an actor and I was the fool on hidden camera. So why was everyone else acting like they were having so much fun? Boston’s kinda of a bummer of a city with not much to do....

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260 Thank You’s – Chrissy Yamada (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Washington, Yamada - Christine

260 Thank You’s – Chrissy Yamada (April 21, 2014)

It has always been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon, but as a five-hour runner, I knew I would never make the BAA’s qualifying standards. So I decided in 2013 to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital and thus gained entry into the 117th Boston Marathon. I was at mile 22 when the bombs went off, and I was stopped short of finishing at mile 25.5. I was deeply upset about the tragic events that day. I received an invitation in May 2013 to come back and finish the race in 2014. I thought a lot about the fans and spectators and how they were the ones badly hurt, injured and...

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