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4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon

By Hal Higdon

Within the first ebook in this tragic occasion, 4:09:43, Hal Higdon, a contributing editor at Runner’s global, tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombings. The book’s name refers back to the numbers at the finish-line clock whilst the 1st bomb exploded.

In 4:09:43, Higdon perspectives Boston 2013 throughout the eyes of these operating the race. you'll meet George, a runner from Athens, birthplace of the fashionable 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 scholar at Wellesley collage, and who made up our minds to run Boston back ordinarily simply because her daughter Shannon was once now a scholar at Boston college. you are going to meet Tracy, stuck on Boylston highway among the 2 explosions, operating for her lifestyles. you'll meet Heather, a Canadian, who limped into the scientific Tent with bloody socks from blisters, quickly to achieve that worse issues exist than wasting a toenail.

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There was enough music coming from off the course. ” Lee-Callaghan decided that the next time she ran Boston, she would leave her iPod back in the hotel. She came to the 10-kilometer checkpoint, near the Framingham train depot. ” She did not know why. ” Her time at the 10-K checkpoint mats was 48:44, putting her far behind Rita Jeptoo and Shalane Flanagan, who had crossed the same mats together in 36:04 and 36:05. m. when Lee-Callaghan footstomped the 10-K mat. 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.

Every year he and his family open their doors to runners from that city. “It was fantastic,” wrote Zebala. “They had bagels and bananas and energy bars, coffee and juice, safety pins, Vaseline, powder. We had the run of the house, including bathrooms. ” Thelen wrote: “The Athletes’ Village was abuzz with nervous energy. 2-mile trek: a jar of Vaseline, water bottles, bananas and peanut butter, extra clothes for the finish and extra energy packaged every way possible—from gels to beans to blocks to bars.

He wrote: “The magic of the day started when I opened the door and left our hotel room. At the same second, the door across the corridor opened, and out came another runner. The same happened two doors to the left and two doors to the right. “By the time I reached the lift, there were six of us waiting. When the lift doors opened, it was half-full with people halfasleep, each with yellow bags over their shoulders. ” Aubrey Birzon Blanda, 48, an attorney turned homemaker from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, had chosen the Park Plaza for her hotel because it was convenient, only a few blocks from the Common and the buses.

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