By Hal Higdon
Within the first booklet in this tragic occasion, 4:09:43, Hal Higdon, a contributing editor at Runner’s international, tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombings. The book’s name refers back to the numbers at the finish-line clock while the 1st bomb exploded.
In 4:09:43, Higdon perspectives Boston 2013 during the eyes of these operating the race. you are going to meet George, a runner from Athens, birthplace of the trendy marathon, who at dawn joins the eerie march of silent runners, all aimed toward their appointments in Hopkinton, the place the marathon starts off. you'll meet Michele, who at age 2 helped her mom hand water to runners, who first ran the marathon whereas a pupil at Wellesley university, and who made up our minds to run Boston back normally simply because her daughter Shannon used to be now a scholar at Boston college. you are going to meet Tracy, stuck on Boylston highway among the 2 explosions, working for her lifestyles. you are going to meet Heather, a Canadian, who limped into the scientific Tent with bloody socks from blisters, quickly to gain that worse issues exist than wasting a toenail.
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At that same time of day, the lead women runners, given their head start, were into the Newton hills, closing on the 30-K mat. The women were in the same race, and yet they were not—but that did not concern Heather Lee-Callaghan. Slapping hands and listening to the music, she was having too much fun. The hard running for her, and so many others, had not yet begun. This page intentionally left blank. 6 Framingham JANEEN BERGSTROM FLOATED past the water stop near the sixmile mark in Framingham and did not stop to drink.
38 Ashland So tight that von Koch failed to spot the sign signifying she had run one mile. Her watch, a Garmin Forerunner 305, beeped to alert her. Glancing at the screen, she was disappointed that the display screen showed a time of 7:58. She had hoped to run between 7:30 and 7:35 for the first half of the race. If her Garmin could be believed, she had lost nearly 30 seconds off her planned pace. 2-mile course! Von Koch quickly realized that, hemmed in by the crowds, she had no choice but to relax and accept the pace dictated by those surrounding her.
But was he fast enough to challenge the top Africans? Hartmann had placed fourth at Boston the previous year on a 35 36 Ashland feverishly hot day in 2:14:31. He had a PR of 2:11:06, set in the 2010 Chicago Marathon. But the fastest of the Africans had personal records significantly faster. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, 23, had run 2:04:35 three months earlier in the Dubai Marathon. The fastest of the current crop of American runners might have stayed in step with the Kenyans and Ethiopians, but Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, and Dathan Ritzenhein, for various reasons had bypassed Boston this year.
4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon