Williams – Kenneth

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in 2012, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

You could see it coming: An early spring heat wave, making its way from the Great Plains eastward across the central United States. The unseasonable weather spared neither north nor south as it baked its way across the country. With only a week to go before the start of the 116th Boston Marathon, BAA warnings began arriving for registered runners. Faced with an ominous forecast, race officials warned: “Only the fittest runners should attempt the marathon,” causing me to introspect, at age 70 and just weeks removed from Melanoma surgery, how I could possibly be in that ‘fittest’ group....

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Never Got To Make The Last Two Turns – Kenneth Williams (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

Never Got To Make The Last Two Turns – Kenneth Williams (April 15, 2013)

“Right on Hereford, left on Boylston” – that’s what was written on the T-shirt Kenneth Williams decided to wear to the Boston Marathon. Those are the last two turns of the race, and Williams was just about to make that right turn on Hereford when the bomb went off on Boylston. “I saw smoke and thought to myself, ‘what is that?’ ” Williams said. “One moment, I was just trying to survive up to the 26th mile, and I was only thinking about oxygen. Then, a moment later, we were stopped.” That was the end of the race for the Corinth, Mississippi, native...

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“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 in 2007, M 65 - 69, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

It took me a dozen years to get to Boston the first time. Then it took another 12 years to get back for my second. I ran my first marathon in Chicago in 1978. After that, I continued running marathons, but I limited them to one per year. I would run, cut back to maintenance mileage for several months, then build up mileage and run again. With each marathon, I always tried to improve my time enough to attain the dream of all marathoners: Boston Qualification. But the goal was elusive… Five years passed, then five more, and I was still trying. Along the way, I filled up an impressive dance...

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“One and Done, I Thought!!!” – Kenneth Williams (April 22, 1991)

Posted on Apr 15, 1991 in 1991, F 45 - 49, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

“One and Done, I Thought!!!” – Kenneth Williams (April 22, 1991)

I began running in 1977, just after returning from a trip where I met a guy who had “run a marathon.” That sounded like a neat thing to do, so I decided I’d like to try it. I had no running experience, other than trying to prepare for high school football, a sport I participated in only until the coach first handed out uniforms. Needless to say, this disappointing event marked a lackluster end to my short football journey. The morning after I returned from the trip, November 2nd, 1977, I laced on my Converse Tennis Shoes and went to the Corinth High School football field and...

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