Wisconsin

From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in 1992, F 18 - 34, Waldron - Kathy, Wisconsin

From Chasing the Family Station Wagon to the Quarter Century Club – Kathy Waldron (April 20, 1992)

My eleven siblings and I were raised on a dairy farm in Reedsville, Wisconsin, by awesome, hard-working parents. Quite often instead of us taking the bus home, our Mom or Pa would pick us up from school in our old Ford station wagon, so we could get milking chores started earlier. In 1964 when I was in kindergarten, the thing I looked forward to the most was having my whole family waiting for me to literally “run” out to the car, and have my Pa yell to me every day “See how fast Kathy can run!” So I would run as fast as I could. I thought I was a champion! I thought I...

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A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in 2015, Boston Marathon, M 55 - 59, Sandley - Dale, Wisconsin

A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

I really haven’t been running very long. When I turned 50, in 2005, I started thinking more about my health, and joined a fitness center. I ran on the treadmill, used the elliptical, and regularly went to fitness classes. In 2010, a buddy talked me into running a 5k with him. This was the first time I ever ran outside. It was a small event and I finished 4th in age group (behind my buddy). My next 5k I finished 3rd in my age group, again behind my buddy. It was wonderful winning an award. I had never played sports in school, so it was a new experience. By my fourth race, I was passing my...

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Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2013, Friese - Greg, M 40 - 44, Wisconsin

Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Note written May 5, 2013: the Boston Marathon was nearly three weeks ago. Usually I try to write a race report within hours of finishing. Because of the bombing at the finishing line many of my post marathon thoughts have been about the families impacted by death and injury that afternoon, as well as the medical responders and bystanders that rushed to aid the injured. My thoughts continue to be with those who are suffering and I wish them a rapid return to health. Getting into the Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon is the most difficult marathon to obtain entry. A male runner my age needs...

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Nothing in my life will ever come close to this marathon! – Tim Kowols (April 21, 2014)

Posted on May 27, 2014 in 2014, Kowols - Tim, M 18 - 34, Wisconsin

Nothing in my life will ever come close to this marathon! – Tim Kowols (April 21, 2014)

“So, how was Boston?” I have been asked that question by just about everyone since we got back home from Massachusetts. It only makes sense. I had not run Boston since 2008. Outside of the Marine Corps Marathon and the Walt Disney Marathon, I had done nothing under the current 3:05 qualifying standard. I registered for the race in September and became an official competitor by October. Then followed six months of waiting and training. Waiting for a dream to come true again, and training in the worst weather I have ever experienced. Then, all of sudden, it’s April: Hotel is booked,...

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Beauty from ashes. That is what I witnessed in Boston – DeDe Gibbs (April 21, 2014)

Posted on May 23, 2014 in 2014, F 45 - 49, Gibbs - DeDe, Wisconsin

Beauty from ashes.  That is what I witnessed in Boston – DeDe Gibbs (April 21, 2014)

That’s the first thought that comes to my mind when I reflect on the past weekend. Just. Wow. I ran the Boston Marathon yesterday. My seventh marathon – my second Boston. And yet it felt like a new experience – like nothing else I’ve ever done. I can still hear the cheers. See the faces. Passionate. Determined. United. Urging us on toward the goal. Overwhelming. Compelling. Powerful cheers. Wow. I came to this laptop tonight to write my usual post-race report. I’m finding it hard to write about this one. I mean, typically, I would write what I had for...

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God took my two marathon verses, put them into one, and marked them with my Boston Marathon time! – DeDe Gibbs (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in 2011, F 45 - 49, Gibbs - DeDe, Wisconsin

God took my two marathon verses, put them into one, and marked them with my Boston Marathon time! – DeDe Gibbs (April 18, 2011)

In September 2010, I ran the Fox Cities Marathon, placing 3rd Masters and 18th female. It was my third marathon, but the first I would run after having six children. I ran it in memory of my mother who had passed away a year before. My qualifying time was 3:33:23. My mother’s birthdate was 3-23-33! So ironic. I hoped to improve at Boston 2011 by ten minutes and get the numbers in the correct order! The following spring, at the age of 46, I did even better than that, finishing in 3:19. My 2011 Boston Placement Stats: Division: 36/1591 Top 2% Gender: 593/10073 Top 6% Overall: 4936/23879 Top...

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