“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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“NEVER GIVE UP” – Lauren Lundy (April 15, 2013)

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt It was a cool fall morning on the other side of the country in 2011 when I decided I was going to attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I was in California with Team GSF, an amazing group of athletes who race […]

Give This Man a Medal! – Nick Laganas, with Pat Cook (April 15, 2013)

[Our thanks to Pat Cook of Middlesex Community College for sharing his story of a 2013 marathon hero.] This is a story about my friend and fellow “E Streeter,” Lowell Massachusetts Police Officer Nick Laganas, and his first Boston Marathon. Nick and I are part of the PT team at the Lowell Police Academy that […]

“I was overwhelmed with excitement, telling myself I was here, running the BOSTON MARATHON!” – Dennis Lebman (April 15, 2013)

When I first started running in Sept 2010, I never could have dreamed I would ever run in the Boston Marathon. In November 2010, I ran my first race the Santa Clarita Half Marathon and I remember at the turn off from the South Fork Trail onto the two bridges where the half and full […]

Left or right? A seemingly minor decision leads me away from danger – David Meier (April 15, 2013)

[In 2013, David Meier cruised through his fourth consecutive Boston Marathon in 3:23:10, finishing in the upper half of his age group. Here he offers an introspective look at what happened next…] Left or right? That was the choice we faced as we exited the Westin Copley Square that beautiful April afternoon. I had just […]

From the (happy) beginning through the (horrible) ending – Kristen Labarca (April 15, 2013)

As I sit down to share my experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon, I’m still not sure where to begin or where to end. Do I focus only on what happened after 2:50pm on Monday and those who were injured and killed? Do I talk about the hundreds of heroes that rushed into harm’s way […]

A text message suggests it would be a good idea to go on Facebook and tell everyone I am OK – Jonathan Hanson (April 15, 2013)

My journey as a runner began in 2010, when a co-worker shared information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. She was going to be mentoring runners for the 2011 Maratona di Roma. Prior to this, I had never done distance running, but something about this struck me. I went to the […]

Running down Beacon towards Kendall, I was sure I would really make it… – Leah Dickerson (April 15, 2013)

The 2013 Boston Marathon was my first marathon. I got a bib at the last minute (about a month before) to run on the Team with a Vision, which supports the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. Luckily, I had been in training mode since December for a marathon that I didn’t make. Before Boston 2013, […]