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Victoria McGrath - Oral History

Thanks to the hard work of Potoula Tournas, a Northeastern University student who is working with the archive as part of an advanced writing course, we were able to conduct an oral history with Victoria McGrath, pictured here. Victoria was standing by Sugary Haven when the first bomb went off, and shrapnel from the pressure cooker almost fatally…

McGrath and Tournas - Oral History

Thanks to the hard work of Potoula Tournas (right), a Northeastern University student who is working with the archive as part of an advanced writing course, we were able to conduct an oral history with Victoria McGrath (left), another Northeastern student who was injured at the finish line. This photo was taken shortly after Victoria's interview. …

A Day in the Life--April 15

It was an otherwise perfect day for running the Boston Marathon--my eighth, a race I first ran in 1987. I ran the first 13 miles with two friends from my home town--Holly and Mike. Both of them were running their first Boston. Despite likely running in scores of the same races, they did not know each other. Independently, they told me they hoped to…

Reflections of "The People's Marathon" by Boston Marathon Runner

My younger brother ran the Boston Marathon in 2013; I met him at the finish line and the events took place as described in depth elsewhere. He ran the Marine Corps Marathon in late October and mentioned the victims of (and participants in) the Boston Marathon.

Seconds After the 1st Bomb Went Off

In this photo you can see I'm one of the only people standing after the 1st bomb went off on April 15th. I am looking on the ground at my wife. All you can see through the smoke is her blonde hair.

Today I Ran

The very first thing that I did when I woke up this morning, the morning after the 2013 Boston Marathon was cry. I’m not exactly sure why, but I was just overcome with sadness from everything yesterday and I guess it finally hit me. Hard.

The very next thing I did was put on my running shoes and my marathon shirt and went out for a run. I held…

April 15th 2013

Pre-marathon

I had decided to splurge and stay at a hotel in Boston the night before and the night of the marathon. I figured it's a once in a lifetime chance for me to run Boston so why not. I got there on Sunday and headed to the Expo to get my number. It was such an exciting place. I got lost in the crowd but eventually I found where to…

Bystandard to Bomb Victim- My Story (Andrew Havasy)

The Boston Marathon or as us Bostonians refer to it as Marathon Monday is always one of the biggest events in this historic city and let’s just say I picked a bad day to get my glasses fixed. The previous night a part of my glasses fell off and a small component broke off, so I woke up around mid-day to trek to Boylston Street where the…

Qualifying for the spectators. My radical supporting spectators...

I didn’t run the Boston Marathon this year. I didn’t know any spectators. All of my running friends got through the first hour after the blasts to say they were safe. I live all the way in Texas.

So why was I in physical and emotional pain?

In training for my first marathon (El Paso 2010), I learned of what it would take to qualify…