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Race Reports for Boston Marathon

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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Boston. Forever my favorite race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: It's Boston. It was the most epic weather ever.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What an incredible experience. I can't get over the amount of people all along the ENTIRE course, just insane. And afterwards either walking down the sidewalks, when we got some food, or back at my hotel, everyone was giving congratulations and just made me feel like a superhero. It was so freakin' cool. A major bucket list item checked off!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: An honor to run at this event. Great support and the best crowd, would absolutely encourage others to make that effort to qualify and earn the opportunity to run this race.
[5]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Third Boston. I'm coming back for more -- it is still probably the best marathon I've ever run. It feels personal -- the whole city comes out to cheer for you. It is an absolute must-do race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: This was my first, but hopefully not last, Boston marathon. It lives up to its reputation.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: My two complaints were that they broke down the race too soon (14:30 pace) and that there weren't drinking stations later in the race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Second Boston, even better than my first. I'll be back next year!
[9]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: It's the BOSTON MARATHON. Lived up to its billing. I'll be back!
[10]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is simply one of the greatest races in the world. It's the Boston Marathon. Nothing more really needs to be said.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first, but hopefully not last, Boston marathon and it was everything and more than I could have dreamed of. WONDERFUL race. Can't wait to do it again!
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  • Comments: The hyponatremia is one I'm sure I'll obsess over for a while as it's still such a mystery to me. I don't feel I drank too much water but in retrospect it is possible that the finishing temps and humidity (we are not used to even 25% humidity in AZ) elevated my sweat levels just enough. Or I simply used every ounce of what fitness I had and the hyponatremia was simply an end result of that. Chicken or egg? I will not, however, blame the hyponatremia on my finish time as I think that's pretty lame. I ran what I was able to run on this day, probably to within the last percent of it. I'm happy with that. I'll be back next year for revenge :)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: The city of Boston is amazing as the host of this race. No matter where we went and who we talked to, the people made you feel like a celebrity. The day before the race, while scouting a spot for my family to watch, a local couple who was sitting next to us on the T, took time to give us some great suggestions and information. Everyone would ask if you were running and then would say good luck and thank you. All through the race route, there were signs saying thanks for running and even the volunteers kept saying thank you to the runners! After the race, I was returning to my hotel with my heat cape and medal around my neck. The police officer at the T station immediately saw me and let me jump to the front of the line and let me through without paying. When I entered the T, two college age kids immediately jumped up out of their seats and told me to sit down. Everyone was saying congratulations and thank you! I was walking down the street in front of my hotel and a car full of
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?
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  • Comments: A momentous day, a first American win for the men in 30 years, and a race that I'd kind of like to forget on a personal level. I just wish I could go back two months and prevent getting injured! Next step is taking at least two weeks of from running to try to let my IT band issues get better and focus on the tri season.
[15]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: No experience like it...
[16]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Very cool to be in Boston the year after the bombing. Tons and tons of people lining the course and felt like a rock concert for 26.2 miles. Glad I was there.
[17]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Not sure I'll do it again anytime soon (logistics/cost, not the terrorist aspect). But it certainly is a lifetime event that I'm glad I was able to experience.
[18]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Obviously my memories of what was to be the biggest sporting event I'll ever participate in has been tarnished. And not only that, but the murders that occurred there will forever be the first thing I think about when it comes to my Boston experience. I feel a tremendous amount of guilt for having these feelings after the loss of life and the physical and emotional struggles that hundreds of people will now have to endure fro the remainder of their lives. The families of the dead and wounded will have to relive those moments and the terror that ensued in those minutes after two cowards decided to commit such a dastardly act. These bastards, to scared of anyone to face me, or anyone else, and settle their differences chose to maim and kill innocents and innocence with careless discourse because of nothing less than pure cowardice. In the aftermath of the events of that day Lis made a comment to me; "I don't want to see the picture of the horrors....." And I responded to her comment
[19]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Now finally, the elephant in the room. I finished before the bombs went off. The lines to get our stuff were very, very long and I had (in my post marathon delirium) missed a turn for the correct bus to get my belongings so I had to go back, against the traffic to pick it up. Definitely not the thing you want to do after running 26.2. Anyway, by the time I got my stuff and met my family at the "S" sign, it was about 45 minutes later. We walked back to my cousin's apartment and that's when we heard the BOOM then BOOM. I don't think any of us thought anything of it. I figured it was either from one of the construction site or maybe some sort of fire works. We got back to the apartment and I took a shower and stuff. When I came out my family was at the window watching all of the police and fire trucks go by. That's when my mom came up the stairs (from getting coffee) and said she heard there was a bomb. My cousin doesn't have a TV so we jumped on the internet and got all of our information
[20]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The bombings happened about 15 minutes after my wife and I left the finish. I wanted to get back to my room, shower, get dressed, and come back out and eat, drink, and cheer on the rest of the runners. Never happened. While in the shower, my wife screamed for me to come see the news. We sat in front of the TV for the next hour, watching the carnage on TV. The hotel was locked down, so we could not leave, and b/c we were right across the street from the hospital, we could see all the injured ppl getting brought there. Bomb squad, K9, police, firefighters, and media were all over the place. We ended up hanging out with the other runners that were also stuck there, talking about the race and what had happened. Really sad and angry about what happened there. It breaks my heart to hear and see that ppl lost loved ones, ppl lost limbs, and ppl got hurt b/c of some crazy, idiot, psychopath decided to bomb a celebration of accomplishment. That being said, I was really proud of the city
[21]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Event tainted by bombings. I keep waiting to hear that the perpetrator has been caught. Still proud of my effort and my fundraising for Dana Farber.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I will definitley run the race next year...am not going to let the terrorists (or criminals or whomever) make us afraid.
[23]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Bombing 2013.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first Boston and it was very memorable for the hot conditions. It definitely lived up to expectations. The crowd support was amazing. Given the hot conditions and the course, I am very satisfied with my effort. I faded slightly over the 2nd half, but finished just slightly over my pr and qualifying time. Very happy with my race - I will be back again to try again in cooler (hopefully!) conditions.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thanks to all of the volunteers and the crowds that turned out to cheer us on.
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