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“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in 2014, Harrell - Woody, M 65 - 69, Mississippi

“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

In July 1978, I finished third in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon (described as “among the most strenuous marathons in the nation”), just barely reaching my goal of under three hours. As I circled toward the finish line on the track at the Southern Highland Games, I was certain I was in fourth place. However, way up ahead of me, a running buddy of mine had made a wrong turn and was off course by a mile and a half before he discovered his error, a mistake, he was not able to overcome. It was the only time I ever came close to a marathon podium placement, so none the less, I happily...

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Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 in 2011, Chisholm - Brian, M 55 - 59, Massachusetts

Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013. It wasn’t the way I wanted to. I was wearing a white volunteer jacket with blue strips, pushing the yellow stretcher in the top right corner of the picture below, with three other volunteers. We were stopped briefly because the volunteer riding the rail thought he felt a pulse, but it was probably his own. That happens in situations like this where your own heart is pounding and you’re working to save someone’s life. We continued our race across the finish line and into Medical Tent A where we were directed to “go all...

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“Boston on a Five Year Cycle” – Beate Ritter (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Germany, Ritter - Beate

“Boston on a Five Year Cycle” – Beate Ritter (April 21, 2014)

We started running in 2004 and at first never thought of doing a marathon. We just ran because it was fun. However, after a few weeks we signed up for a 10k race – my first – and we really enjoyed it! Then after a while we thought: “New York City Marathon. Wow, that would be the race!” So I started small: I did the Berlin Marathon in 2006 and NYC in 2007. Our plans grew bigger and we signed up for our first Boston in 2009. We had a great race (although slow… Especially me!), but we finished and we decided to come back five years later! Five years is a good length of...

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“This Boston Was ‘Tutu’ Memorable To Ever Forget” – W.K.Munsey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in 2014, M 55 - 59, Munsey - W K, West Virginia

“This Boston Was ‘Tutu’ Memorable To Ever Forget” – W.K.Munsey (April 21, 2014)

Glance at my photos from the 118th Boston Marathon and you might mistake the smiling runner in the frilly outfit for a crazy old man who slipped on the getup as a last-minute stunt to simply gain publicity. But the deafening cheers I received during my 26.2-mile race from the hallowed grounds of Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street reaffirmed the very personal decision I made to wear a tutu to pay tribute to the joy and spirit of the world’s greatest marathon. My idea of running the “Super Bowl” of marathons actually was born on April 16, 2012, while watching the 116th Boston...

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Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Mississippi, O'Neal - Lynn

Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

I started running at age 46 while living in Fulton, Mississippi. Since then I have been blessed with a great network of running friends who have encouraged me to keep improving. I ran Huntsville’s Rocket City Marathon in 2011 and missed qualifying for Boston by about six minutes with a time of 4:01. With more intense training and lots more encouragement, I returned to Rocket City in 2012 and qualified with a time of 3:48:38. I tell people I got the “old people discount” because in between I had crossed over into the 50 year old age bracket. I don’t mind: I will take all the time the...

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