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“I had no cell phone, no I.D., no money, no hotel room key. However, I did have my lipstick.” – Roan Johnson (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in 2013, F 40 - 44, Johnson - Roan, Mississippi

“I had no cell phone, no I.D., no money, no hotel room key.  However, I did have my lipstick.” – Roan Johnson (April 15, 2013)

First of all, I want to explain how I even got to run the Boston Marathon in the first place. If you know anything about the sport of long distance running world, you probably know the Boston Marathon is the big race. This year was the 117th Boston Marathon. Elite runners from around the world compete in this marathon, and about 20,000 qualified runners make up the majority of the field. A Boston Qualified runner is one who has run a certified marathon course below a certain time based on gender and age. And it is tough to qualify! Currently for my age group (40-45), a female runner must run...

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I was trapped in the middle of two exploding bombs – Stephanie Bland (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in 2013, Bland - Stephanie, F 18 - 34, Michigan

I was trapped in the middle of two exploding bombs – Stephanie Bland (April 15, 2013)

This is my real life story. I’ve never been so excited, so nervous, so overwhelmed as I was to be able to run the Boston Marathon, especially after having my baby just 3 ½ months earlier. I was so proud I could share this experience with my mom, dad, husband, and my beautiful baby boy Brady. I just kept thinking one day Brady will look back at say “Wow, my mom ran the Boston Marathon and I was there!” The race was everything to me and more. Words cannot even describe the emotions I felt running through each town, with the cheers of the crowd on both sides of the race. Everyone was so...

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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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“Why are they rerouting the course this close to the finish line?” – Vicky King (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in 2013, California, F 55 - 59, King - Vicky

“Why are they rerouting the course this close to the finish line?” – Vicky King (April 15, 2013)

I did not start running until I was 48 years old. I decided I would run one marathon, just to see if I could do it. So I ran the Santa Barbara Marathon in 2010 at the age of 54 and finished it in 4:11:10. Not a BQ time (4:00:00), but I was elated with being able to accomplish this feat. I was glad to cross that off my bucket list and never have to run another marathon! But as many runners can testify, something happened, and I found myself registering for the local Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon in March of 2012 to run alongside my Sole Sisters. It just so happened I ran well enough to BQ...

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“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Keane - Michele, Ohio

“If I had not stopped to give my daughter a hug, I might have been right there…” – Michele Keane (April 15, 2013)

The 117th Boston affected my life in ways I could not imagine would ever happen. And although I’m pretty rational and nothing physically happened to me, I still think about that day and what could have been. I am a runner, with 45+ marathons and countless other races – half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, 15Ks, 10 milers – you name it. I’ve run pretty consistently for over 30 years and it is a part of me. I used to be “fast” back in the day but I can still hold my own in my age group. Running defines me to some extent. In fact, I have an ongoing joke with my daughter...

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