Monday, April 16, 2007

Thank You

I'd like to thank the thousands of volunteers who helped make the 111th Boston Marathon a success. Also, a very special thanks to all of you for checking this site to find out more about the world's greatest marathon. All the best.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The one thing before and during the race

Two days ago I devoted a post to a listing of great books about the Boston Marathon. This training season I read Marathon by Clarence DeMar. Originally printed in 1937 (reprinted in 1981), the autobiography provides a glimpse into DeMar the man and the marathoner. He also has a few interesting insights on life as well, like the need to keep running in balance with the rest of your life.

But here's the passage I really enjoyed, and hopefully will help you tomorrow...

There is, however, one thing that I've always needed and which everyone else that I've ever known has needed, and that is concentration, both just before and during the race. Without concentration no one can be ready to throw all he has into the race and no one can do everything he is capable of in the contest. What printer, what business man, what editor, what school teacher wants distraction when he is working his hardest.

-from Marathon by Clarence DeMar

Work hard. Good luck tomorrow. See you after the race.

One more quote from DeMar...

Do most of us want life on the same calm level as a geometrical problem? Certainly, we want our pleasures more varied with mountains and valleys of emotional joy, and marathoning furnishes just that.

7-time Boston Marathon winner Clarence DeMar

Saturday, April 14, 2007

An interview with Bill Rodgers

It wouldn't be the Boston Marathon without a few words
from four-time winner Bill Rodgers. Check it out...

COMING TOMORROW: Find out the one thing seven-time Boston Marathon winner Clarence DeMar needed just before and during a race. It could help you on Marathon Monday, too.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Read all about it

In between checking weather forecasts and deciding what to wear on Monday, relax with a good book and get into the spirit of the Boston Marathon.

Boston Marathon & Beyond. A collection of stories highlighting the history of the Boston Marathon, from the first race to the first women through to the modern day.

Alcorn, Alfred. The Long Run of Myles Mayberry. The novel’s main character, unsuccessful in the workforce,has a dream of winning the Boston Marathon. Describes his ambition and determination to capitalize on his lone chance at greatness in Boston.

Babon, Gene. The Race to Boston: Achieving Excellence in Long Distance Running. Combined with commentary on the author’s own racing experience, a training program developed by the writer to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Barnes, Linda. Dead Heat. An innovative sleuth with unorthodox tactics is in charge of protecting a senator who is running not only for re-election but also the Boston Marathon.

Beardsley, Dick and Maureen Anderson. Staying the Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race. The story recounts his amazing race against Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon, as well as the course of his life in the years following his narrow and unexpected defeat.

Benoit Samuelson, Joan with Sally Baker. Running Tide. One of the greatest runners in history — 1984 Olympic Gold medal winner and two-time Boston Marathon champion — tells her compelling story.

Benyo, Richard. The Masters of the Marathon. Biographies of several of the world’s greatest marathoners, including many Boston Marathon champions.

Blaikie, David. Boston: The Canadian Story. Canadian men and women who have made their marks at the Boston Marathon.

Brant, John. Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon. The story of the famous battle between Salazar and Beardsley in the 1982 Boston Marathon.

Connelly, Michael. 26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square. Personal account of the experience of running the Boston Marathon. Forewords are written by John A. Kelley,Bill Rodgers, and Uta Pippig.

DeMar, Clarence. Marathon. The seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon tells his story in this biography from 1937.

Derderian, Tom. Boston Marathon: The History of the World’s Premier Running Event. Year-by-year chronicle with sources including accounts from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and several of Boston’s other daily papers from the early to mid-1900s.

Derderian, Tom. The Boston Marathon: A Century of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers. 100 people, places, and stories. Foreword by Bill Rodgers.

Driscoll, Jean with Janet and Geoff Benge. Determined To Win: The Overcoming Spirit of Jean Driscoll. Autobiography of her prolific career atop Boston’s wheelchair division.

Falls, Joe. The Boston Marathon. Boston Marathon champions, as well as the less extraordinary participants,and what motivates people to run the Boston Marathon.

Higdon, Hal. On the Run From Dogs and People. A humorous and entertaining survey of the sport of running, specifically the Boston Marathon prior to its mass appeal.

Higdon, Hal. Boston: A Century of Running. The author’s twenty-ninth book; written in anticipation of the 100th Boston Marathon; officially recognized by the Boston Athletic Association.

Hosler, Ray, ed. Boston, America’s Oldest Marathon. Historical account.

Kardong, Don. Thirty Phone Booths to Boston. A non-fiction collection of a runner’s stories, including one in which he maps the locations of key telephone booths along the Boston Marathon route and calls them on the day of the race as runners pass.

Kidd, Bruce. Tom Longboat. Olympic marathoner and Boston Marathon champion in 1907, this book’s main character is considered one of Canada’s finest athletes, having lost only three races in his amateur career.

Kram, Mark and Alex G. Campbell, Jr. Miles to Go. Tale of an American, a German, and a Japanese runner; each has his own motivations, but they are all determined to do whatever is necessary to win the Boston Marathon.

Kulper, Eileen with Michael Goodman and Skip Berry. The Boston Marathon. Illustrated children’s book highlighting the Boston Marathon’s history.

Lewis, Frederick and Dick Johnson. Young At Heart: The Story of Johnny Kelley, Boston’s Marathon Man. John A. Kelley’s uplifting vision of running and the human spirit.

Lonergan, Tom. Heartbreak Hill, The Boston Marathon Thriller. Fictional story of race-day complications,celebrity entries, and a swift investigation.

Marsh, Carole. The Mystery at the Boston Marathon. A group of kids tries to track down the mysterious whereabouts of their teacher who disappeared from the Boston Marathon.

McGillivray, David J. with Linda Glass Fechter. The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success. The story of Boston Marathon Race Director, marathon runner, and motivational speaker Dave McGillivray. With a foreword from Joan Benoit Samuelson.

McKay, Robert. The Girl Who Wanted to Run the Boston Marathon. Young love and childhood dreams lead this novel to its finish, while the Boston Marathon looms as an elusive goal.

Nall, Sam. It’s Only A Mountain: Dick and Rick Hoyt, Men of Iron. Biography of a father and his son, who was born with cerebral palsy, and their incredible accomplishments competing as a tandem in road races and triathlons.

Rodgers, Bill with Joe Concannon. Marathoning. Autobiography of the four-time champion of the Boston Marathon with the Boston Globe’s longtime running scribe.

Semple, Jock with John J. Kelley and Tom Murphy. Just Call Me Jock. A collection of memories told through John J. Kelley and Tom Murphy, creating a story of the legendary Boston Marathon official and club manager.

Switzer, Kathrine. Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports. The inspiring story of the woman who broke through the gender barrier in the marathon, propelling women to the sport’s forefront and helping to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games.

Tsiotos, Nick and Andy Dabilis. Running with Pheidippides. Stylianos Kyriakides, Greek winner of the 1946 Boston Marathon, ran to a miracle finish in efforts to save his country from famine.

Tuckman, Bruce W. Long Road to Boston. Inspired by his own racing experience, this author and avid runner creates a passionate story about a man’s race from Hopkinton to Boston.

Ward, Michael. Ellison “Tarzan” Brown: The Narragansett Indian Who Twice Won the Boston Marathon. The biography of 1936 and 1939 Boston Marathon champion Ellison “Tarzan” Brown. Includes a foreword by John J. Kelley.

Williston, Floyd. Johnny Miles: Nova Scotia’s Marathon King. Non-fiction account of a delivery boy from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, who won the Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nimbus

Allen, Elise. The Traveling Marathoner: A Complete Guide to Top U.S. Races and Siteseeing on the Run. A guide to 12 U.S. marathons — one per month — which features the Boston Marathon in the “April” chapter.

Cleary, Kathleen. If This Is Heaven, I Am Going to Be a Good Boy: The Tommy Leonard Story. The story of the founder of the Falmouth Road Race, and the Boston Marathon’s Official Greeter.

Gaaserud, Micheala and Renee Dexter. From Fairbanks to Boston: 50 Great U.S. Marathons. Detailed guides of the top U.S. marathons.

Gibb, Roberta. To Boston with Love: The Story of the First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon. Her story of facing the odds and challenging institutions is affectionately written and directed toward the city.

Henderson, Joe, ed. The Boston Marathon. “Booklet of the Month” from Runner’s World magazine in April 1972; history, as well as highlights the 1971 race.

Nason, Jerry. The Story of the Boston Marathon: From 1897. Boston Globe booklet, presenting the history of the Marathon from 1897 to 1965, compiled by the newspaper’s running writer and sports editor.

Robinson, Roger. Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running. It is the first study of running as a literary subject and is included in most lists of the sport’s outstanding books.

Robinson, Roger. Running in Literature: A Guide for Scholars, Readers, Runners, Joggers and Dreamers. Robinson’s wit and intelligence crackle through this masterful guide to running’s place in literature.

Robinson, Roger and Kathrine Switzer. 26.2: Marathon Stories. Robinson and Switzer explore the history of the marathon through words and an extraordinary selection of photographs.

Sandler, Michael. Jean Driscoll: Dream Big, Work Hard. A children’s book about eight-time Boston winner Jean Driscoll and her struggle to overcome spina bifida to become a wheelchair champion.

Source: B.A.A.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Samuelson to receive Patriots' Award tonight

The Boston Athletic Association will present the sixth annual Patriots’ Award to marathon legend Joan Samuelson tonight at "Cheers" in Boston .

The award recognizes a New England sportsperson or organization for contributions both to sport and to the local community.Samuelson burst onto the scene when she won the 1979 Boston Marathon. The Bowdoin College student crossed the finish line in a Red Sox hat—in a new American-record time of 2:35:15—forever endearing her to the Boston crowds.She will forever be remembered for her dominating gold medal performance in the inaugural Olympic women’s marathon in 1984.

In 1999 Samuelson, a native of Cape Elizabeth, ME, founded the popular Beach to Beacon 10K, utilizing a course that runs along the coastline of her picturesque hometown. Each year, the race chooses one Maine-based, youth-oriented charity to benefit, making a donation and providing fundraising opportunities for the organization. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Beach to Beacon 10K, and STRIVE—a non-profit organization serving developmentally disabled youth—has been announced as this year’s beneficiary.

Past recipients of the Patriots’ Award:

2002 New England Patriots / Robert and Myra Kraft

2003 Red Auerbach and the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation

2004 Ron Burton and the Ron Burton Training Village

2005 The Red Sox Foundation

2006 Dick and Rick Hoyt, Team Hoyt

Source: B.A.A.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rain Rain Go Away

From the B.A.A. -

As the Boston Athletic Association continues to make preparations for Monday's Boston Marathon, we are monitoring the upcoming weather conditions forecast for this area.

Based on the National Weather Service's most recent report and in cooperation with the Executive Office of Public Safety (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, together with the eight cities and towns along the 26.2-mile marathon route, we are planning for likely heavy rain and windy conditions on race day.

However, all race day plans remain the same.

The Boston Athletic Association advises participants in Monday's race to plan accordingly for their run, bringing with them gear and apparel to suit the conditions. The B.A.A. will continue to update this web site as necessary.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Quote of the Day

The things we do should consume us. If they don't, our lives won't have any meaning.
- John J. Kelley, 1957 Boston Marathon champion


Monday, April 09, 2007

Thirsty for more?

Hmmm, what to do after the Boston Marathon? Let's see. How about signing up for another marathon? The 2nd annual Great Boston Beer Marathon. I found this online in's event section. 26 bars in 14 hours! As Homer Simpson would say, " woo-hoo!" Don't worry, you still have a couple of months to train for it--event is Saturday, June 23.

Here are some of the details if you're interested in going the distance.

What you get: (from website)

  1. An Official Great Boston Beer Marathon t-shirt.

  2. Waived cover at each of the bars of this second annual crawl.

  3. Free Pizza at the end of the night

  4. Entry into raffle for 32 inch LCD High-Definition Television

    When: June 23rd, 2007 at noon til 2am of the 24th.
    Cost: Currently only $22.00. Price may be going up so buy em cheap!

Here's a list of the some of the bars you'll visit:

Game on

Boston Beer Works

Jake Ivory's

Bill's Bar


Tequiila rain

Lucky Strike

An Tua Nua

Common Ground



Our House West


Cask N' Flaggon

Pizzaria Uno on Bolyston

Big City

Wonder Bar

The Draught

More to come...(dont worry, there will be twenty-six)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Nina Kuscsik

Nina Kuscsik will be the official starter of the women's elite field, 35 years after she won the first official women's title at the Boston Marathon in 1972 with a 3:10:26 performance. She has entered the race unofficially three times before, but women were not recognized as official runners until 1972.

Mrs. Kuscsik happy depite 'poor' time
by Margo Miller

The winner, Mrs. Nina Kuscsik, thought her time of 3:10:26 was "pretty lousy". She's used to doing the Marathon in 2:56.

Runner-up Elaine Pederson came in salt-streaked but looking fresh as a daisy at 3:20:35 and said that she couldn't have done it without the "wonderful Boston crowds cheering you for the whole 26 miles."

And when it was over, Kathy Miller who was third at 3:29:51, recalled that last week she'd had a dream that Elaine Pederson had beaten her.

This 76th Boston Marathon marked the first time women were legal entrants. Mrs. Kuscsik, Miss Pederson and others of the Boston Nine "ladies" (as the crowds persisted in calling them had run before unofficially.

There was some confusion, but officials figured that Mrs. Kuscsik's time would have been good for about 410th place among the 1081 men. She said the relatively poor times for the women runners may have been due to "trying too hard at the beginning" out at Hopkinton.

For the winner, the "satisfaction was being first in the first official time women could run," said Mrs. Kuscsik peering out at the press from under a big floppy laurel leaf.

Practice running, said Elaine Pederson who does about 50 miles a week, is a great way to day dream and "solve a lot of your problems." But when you race your mind has got to be on form. "You aim for an eight minute mile," she said, and yesterday when she realized she was doing a 7:15 mile, the Boston Marathon was a great place to be.

The only hitch came at the end when the women's locker room below ground at the Pru was discovered to be utterly lacking in soap and towels.

Source: B.A.A.,


Saturday, April 07, 2007

Podcasting from Hopkinton to Boston

Steve Runner, host of Phedippidations, the weekly PodShow podcast for runners, will allow fans all over the world to track his running of the Boston Marathon in real-time and listen to his progress from start to finish.

"I look forward to sharing the experience of running Boston with my listeners," said Runner. "Through Phedippidations and PodShow, I am able to bring the world's oldest annual Marathon and one of the most prestigious of all road races to a truly global audience."

Running his 15th official marathon, and his 6th Boston Marathon, show host Steve Runner will present a series of audio programs in the month of April, covering the history, heroes and experiences of the storied event highlighted by his in-depth coverage of the 111th race on April 16.

Produced weekly and made available for weekend long runs, Phedippidations can be downloaded for free at Steve Runner is a long time contributor to the international newsletter and website "Run the Planet," which attracts the largest world wide running community on the Internet.

Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

Friday, April 06, 2007

7th Annual Boston Marathon Kenya Project

7th Annual Boston Marathon Kenya Project

Franklin Park Zoo, African Tropical Forest,

One Franklin Park Road, Boston

Wednesday, April 11 9:30 - 12:15

The folks at John Hancock have been active in this endeavor for the past six years. Once again John Hancock associates and executive managers will teach Boston elementary schoolchildren about Kenyan geography, culture, and language, as well as the Kenyan legacy at the Boston Marathon. Last year the children also received a visit from 2004 Boston Marathon men’s champion Timothy Cherigat.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Church of the Finish Line

Old South Church, located on the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets in Boston, will salute the Boston Marathon with ten blue and gold banners flying from the Tower overlooking the finish line.

Nine banners are a salute to the race, to the athletes, and to the international spirit of sport, while the tenth banner will bless the athletes.

Weather permitting the banners will fly Thursday, April 12 through Monday, April 16.

As the first athletes turn onto Boylston Street on Monday, Old South's Great Bell will announce their approach, and ring the winners across the finish line announcing their accomplishment with proper pomp and ceremony.

On Sunday , April 15, Old South's festival worship celebration at 11 a.m. will include a "Blessing of the Athletes" … a traditional act of blessing to keep the athletes safe from harm or injury, exercise respect for each other, and find the stamina to endure the competition. All athletes are welcome to the church that is commonly referred to as "the church of the finish line" at this time of the year.
Old South Church was built between 1872 and 1875.
Source: B.A.A.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Simply Irresistible?

Simply Smart Milk Products wants you! Or if you're running Boston, maybe you can pass this along to an attractive friend who wants to make a few extra $$$...

Event at John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo - Boston Marathon!!!

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Friday April 13, Saturday April 14, and Sunday April 15.


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Event Times:
Friday April 13 11am-6pm
Saturday April 14 8am-6pm
Sunday April 15 8am-6pm (27 hours total)

Rate: $12.00/hr
You will be paid within 2 weeks of this promotion. Paychecks for this event are mailed out on April 27, 2006.

How to apply:
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Boston Marathon tips

If you're new to the site and looking for some tips for Boston, just look below and you'll see "Labels : Boston Marathon tips." Give a click and off you'll go to the full archive of tips from folks like Bill Rodgers, Dave McGillivray, Jeff Galloway and others. We've got less than two weeks to go before Boston 07. Be smart.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Engaged in NY, Married in Boston

Who wants to run a marathon on their wedding day? For runners Pattiann McAdams and Aaron Russell of New York City, there is no better way to get married. The couple who got engaged at the finish line of the 2006 New York Marathon plans to marry on the Boston Marathon course in April.

"I can think of nothing more special than saying we got engaged at the New York City Marathon and married at Boston," said Russell who is running his 10th straight Boston Marathon. The fast-running couple is planning to marry in a civil ceremony immediately after conquering Heartbreak Hill in Newton. "It's a perfect location. The three miles in Newton are not easy, and it would be the ultimate love commitment and a nice contrast to be married after scaling Heartbreak Hill," Russell said.

Once they have finished the remaining five miles and crossed the finish line on Boylston Street, the real party will begin. The couple will have a reception afterwards at the Lenox Hotel with family and friends from New York and the New England area.

Source: B.A.A.


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Kathrine Switzer's new book

Kathrine Switzer's new book, MARATHON WOMAN, will be released on Boston Marathon Weekend. The release of the book coincides with the 40th anniversary of her becoming the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.
For more on Kathrine, visit