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Marathon Monday will never be the same

I proudly told everyone that Marathon Monday in Boston is my favorite day of the year. I think it will continue to be but it will never be the same. I'll never forget the panic and the disbelief as I stood in Washington Square, Brookline, right before the 23rd mile marker. We were discussing if we should head to the finish line. Suddenly my aunt…

Marathon Monday 2013: Running is For All

This is the website of Forest Hills Runners, a free community running group in Jamaica Plain, MA. There are several other posts about Marathon Monday on our website, as well.

"Twenty Minutes on Boylston Street" (NMH Magazine)

This article was written by Caleb Daniloff, author of "Running Ransom Road". Caleb is a former NMH student and plans to run the Boston marathon in 2014.I'm honored to have him tell my story in the Fall 2013 magazine for our shared school, Northfield Mount Hermon.

On That Day...

My track coach has been wanting to run the Boston Marathon for a long time. She trained hard and ran a lot of miles. To get into the Boston Marathon, however; you have to qualify by running a specific time. So she ran in the Chicago Marathon last October to qualify, which she did manage to do. April came around and my coach, some girls on the track…

I had just returned from France....

I had just returned from France the day before and due to the jet-lag I had just woken up. My mom called me downstairs asking to see the pictures I had posted to facebook from my trip. I stood behind my mom as she scrolled through her news feed to look for the pictures and as she kept scrolling, I noticed something strange on her news feed. I told…

There are two days in my life...

There are two days in my life that I am able to recall with more exact details than the rest. On September 11th, 2001, I sat in a classroom with my peers. Our principal came over the loudspeaker and told us that something very bad had happened in New York, but didn’t tell us what. Every single person in the room was quiet. I can, with exact…

Moving to Boston after the bombing

When the bombing happened I was in San Antonio, Texas preparing to separate from the Navy and move to Boston. My wife had a lot of friends and family in the area and we made sure they were ok first of all. Once we knew everyone was fine we were glued to the television. We wanted to know who was responsible and how this was allowed to happen.
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The Day Before

The Boston Bombing holds a special place in my heart because I was actually touring Northeastern the day before it happened. I remember going to Boston Friday morning, excited for the two days of activities I had ahead of me. At this point in time I had already gotten in to Northeastern, but was still deciding whether or not I wanted to go. After…

My personal relationship to the Marathon

On April 15th, 2013 I was sitting on my living room couch with my two best friends talking about what our expectations of college were. It was noticeably loud when the words bombing were said on the television. We all looked up, stopped talking, and glued our ears to the picture of the hectic and crazy Boston Marathon. Listening to the…

Bruce Mendelsohn - Oral History

In Bruce Mendelsohn's powerful interview, he explains the events of Marathon Monday and how he was able to help Victoria McGrath, a 20-year-old student who was hurt at the finish line. Bruce reflects on life, faith, community, and rugby as he tells his touching stories. Here is Bruce being interviewed by oral historian, Jane Guberman.