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Marathon never ended.

It was a weird day. A huge event was going to happen in Boston. We were all excited to see people all around the world are participating in this marathon. Oh, Boston was on top of the news. That was great!

I had a lot of classes on that day in which participation was mandatory. It was terrible for me since I missed the marathon. But the class…

BM 2013: A Day of Human Spirit?

It was my fourth consecutive time running the Boston Marathon - a day that has become for me less of an annual challenge of my own personal limits and more of a day to celebrate the transcending power of the human spirit to conquer the seemingly impossible. Its not about numbers - 26.2 miles is just an example. And that recurring experience has…

A Frantic E-Bystander

I am not a runner, nor am I very good with whiz-bang gadgetry. However, I had 3 close friends running, and wanted to track their progress ("Find a Friend" was way too advanced for me). I went on the BAA website and found a nice and simple tool for tracking (even if I had to refresh it manually). A little after 3 pm, I went to check and…

Boston is Perfect Today

About an hour before the first bombs went off I was walking across Commonwealth Ave, and took a beautiful photo of the runners. I posted it to Instagram and Facebook with the caption, "Boston is Perfect Today." And you know what? It was. Almost everyday in Boston is beautiful to me, but the marathon has always been something incredibly special. The…

An American Flag

Mine is not the story of excitement that many of those present or the first responders had. It is about a near miss and a hero who has had a huge impact on me. I spent most of my morning at the Marathon finish line that day. It was just me alone going out to experience something I had heard about for years but never seen. The atmosphere there…

The Beach Ball

We had just approached the end of a three-day charity event that our fraternity, ZBT, was hosting at the finish line for the Boston Marathon. The charity we were working for was "Get on the Ball," where we rolled a giant 6 foot beach ball around the city all weekend gathering signatures and donations for the Boston Children's Hospital. We had…

Running for Newtown

My family and I are from Newtown, Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook School shooting took place last December. My father has been running the Boston Marathon for years, and this year he ran with the Newtown Strong team, honoring a victim for each of the 26 miles.
We were eating lunch in the Prudential Center, about a half hour after he had…

The day

I was bumming around my desk on the eleventh floor of the Prudential Center on the day of the bombing, feeling sorry for whatever reason my clinical depression had presented me with that particular morning. I was more than a little jealous of the thousands who had gathered on the streets below to celebrate the marathon on such a beautiful day while…

The Aftermath

The 2013 Boston Marathon was my first and only marathon, I ran and finished in a Boston qualifying time. Within minutes, the excitement from my accomplishments took a complete 180. My accomplishments really didn't seem to matter anymore. Thankfully I was with friends and family at the time of the blasts.

I also work at Marathon Sports the…

Josh Brown's Story

I was in Boston the day of the Marathon attending the Red Sox game and when I got home I heard about what had happened and was just glued to the TV for the full week. It was something surreal, that it could all happen right in your backyard, and that whole week was something that the people of Boston will never forget. I remember the night of the…