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 identify refers back to the numbers at the finish-line clock whilst the 1st bomb exploded.
In 4:09:43, Higdon perspectives Boston 2013 in the course of the eyes of these working 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 geared toward their appointments in Hopkinton, the place the marathon starts off. you are going to meet Michele, who at age 2 helped her mom hand water to runners, who first ran the marathon whereas a scholar at Wellesley university, and who determined to run Boston back regularly simply because her daughter Shannon was once now a pupil at Boston collage. you'll meet Tracy, stuck on Boylston highway among the 2 explosions, operating for her existence. you'll meet Heather, a Canadian, who limped into the clinical Tent with bloody socks from blisters, quickly to achieve that worse issues exist than wasting a toenail.
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The elite women started to the sound of a horn, the horn replacing Boston’s traditional starting gun out of deference to the Newtown victims. Flanagan ran with training partner Kara Goucher by her side, but she focused her attention on Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, winner at Boston in 2006. Jeptoo had taken two years off while having a baby, had placed sixth at Boston in 2012, but returned this year as one of the favorites. Flanagan did not plan to challenge Jeptoo or any of the fast Africans this early in the 4:09:43 31 race.
It was the highest finish at New York for an American woman in 20 years. Shalane Flanagan was popular among Boston Marathon aficionados for one more reason: She was a “local girl,” having attended Marblehead High School. But this was Shalane’s first Boston, and she was shocked at the response she received from spectators lining the course. In an interview with David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World, she would remark: “It was phenomenal. It was almost ridiculous. I cannot recall hearing anyone cheering for anyone else.
But this was Shalane’s first Boston, and she was shocked at the response she received from spectators lining the course. In an interview with David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World, she would remark: “It was phenomenal. It was almost ridiculous. I cannot recall hearing anyone cheering for anyone else. ” Flanagan told Willey that in all her races before—track, road, cross-country— she never had experienced that level of fan support before. , the elite women started to the sound of a horn, the horn replacing Boston’s traditional starting gun out of deference to the Newtown victims.
4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon