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  •  Beautiful diary (13+ / 0-)

    Way back in 1988, I qualified for Boston.  I never got the chance to participate due to injuries.  Still, just knowing I qualified was enough for me.  

    All those joyful runners and the friends and family who supported them did not deserve this horrible tragedy to befall them. Fortunately, all seventeen runners (some of whom are close friends) from my home town made it safely.  But my heart goes out to those people who came for a happy event only to have it end in tragedy.

    Thank you for this beautiful and uplifting diary.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:07:27 AM PDT

    •  Oh gulfgal! I feel for you! (12+ / 0-)

      I recall your commenting on previous marathoning comments here at dkos.  But Damn!  Finishing that last 500 meters on Boylston Street is one of the greatest feelings in the world!
      I've run Boston, I've run NY.  First Avenue is nothing compared to Boylston Street!  You really feel the love from the crowd.  The first time I did it, in 2007 I will never forget- the noise, the excitement, the incredible feeling of finishing the most famous race in the world.  It is a cherished memory.  
      Qualifying is great, but actually doing it even greater. I hope you get the chance.

      •  LOL, my running days are past. (5+ / 0-)
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        Old age and injury caught up with me. Thanks anyway for the nice thought.  I had many good memories regardless.  And I am so glad you had that opportunity!

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:56:32 AM PDT

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    •  You were ahead of me (5+ / 0-)
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      I didn't come close to qualifying but I was working toward it when I got hurt. I was happy enough to do the half marathon in a bit over two hours, let alone the whole thing!

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:03:10 PM PDT

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