By Hal Higdon
Within the first publication 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 identify 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 working the race. you are going to 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 begins. 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 determined to run Boston back in most cases 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, 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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Extra info for 4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners
The line went for blocks beside a row of yellow school buses. The runners moved slowly forward, as did the buses parallel to them. At the end of the block toward Boylston Street on the Common’s southernmost edge, a bus would stop. Its door would swing open. Runners would board the bus. A. would use 341 school buses acquired from school districts all throughout the Boston area to transport runners to the starting line of the marathon in Hopkinton, west of the city. According to race director Dave McGillivray: “We use a total of 500 buses.
I wanted to find someone running near my pace to follow. I never found that person. “Beyond my pacing concerns, the experience of running Boston was amazing. I kept tearing up, overcome by a surge of emotions. From the start, the crowd support was unlike anything I had experienced before. ” Even as fast a runner as Shalane Flanagan found herself almost overwhelmed by the crowd. “I almost wish I could go back and run the race again in the back of the pack,” Flanagan told David Willey of Runner’s World.
He wrapped with orange tape an ankle sprained a month before at the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach and placed Band-Aids over several toes to protect against blisters. He slipped over his head an orange, hooded Adidas sweatshirt identifying him as having run the 2012 Boston Marathon (the shoe company being one of the major sponsors of the race). That plus black Adidas sweatpants. He stuffed black Adidas gloves into side pockets and placed sunglasses and racing shoes in the bag he would carry on the bus to Hopkinton, planning to wear an ordinary pair of training shoes until after his prerace warm-up.