A Love for the Boston Marathon

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A Love for the Boston Marathon

Why the Boston Marathon is one DetermiNation athlete's favorite
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 3:00pm

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By Nancy Cook

To qualify for Boston is a badge of honor. It is the “Grand Daddy” of them all. When you say you have run the Boston Marathon you can feel the deserved respect. It isn’t an easy marathon to train for, even though the marathon distance is still just 26.2 miles. Living in the Northeast, in the snow and the cold just gives it an extra challenge. I am an avid skier and  every weekend is coaching, teaching and skiing with my family. Running takes a back seat and I “give myself a rest” and slide down the mountain on skis instead.  Ski training isn’t a cross training choice for running and really doesn’t compliment the regime, but skiing is my other sport and a family activity that we love so much!

The other reason I love the Boston marathon is the rich history. It resonates with me, being a history buff from New England. This year more than ever as I followed The Boston Marathon on Facebook.  The page shared photos of Johnny Kelley (who I met in 1993 in Athlete’s Village – when he was in his 90′s) & Clarence De Mar (we have a marathon named after him here in New Hampshire) & Joan Benoit Samuelson (I met her at the Tufts 10K for Women and taught her niece skiing at Mt Sunapee) and Bill Rodgers (I met him in Boston and at the Woodstock 1/2 marathon) and finally I got to meet & talk to Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run Boston this year at the Expo. How cool is that?!  These names are famous in the running world and their stories are tightly woven in the history of the Boston Marathon. So cool to meet them in person!

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