Good afternoon, runners!
Going back to 2010, in Running Shorts' previous life, I've viewed the Boston Marathon as a pinnacle for a runner in a community. It's the world's most famous foot race, and its qualifying standards are exacting. Not every runner aspires to it, of course, and the truth is that most of us aren't going to make it.
I'm one of the latter, so I've lived vicariously through the runners who do make it, treating the third Monday in April – or a second Monday in October – as a celebration of the sport from this vantage point more than 700 miles away from the finish line on Boylston Street. Since 2010, runners have been willing to pause their celebrations just long enough to share race-day experiences with readers, through Running Shorts, and I'm grateful for those nearly 90 Triad runners over the last 11 years.
They've been brothers, husbands and wives, father and daughter. They've been lifelong runners and those who picked up the sport in mid-life. They've been former college athletes and weekend warriors. They've been natives of North Carolina and of Mexico and Ireland and Ethiopia. They've experienced the horrors of a finish-line bombing and the thrill of following in the footsteps of Meb Keflezighi and Des Linden. And from Adkins to Zona, they've all crossed the Boston Marathon finish line.
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A recap of Boston Marathon coverage, including the premium post-race reports from Triad runners, with the full results at the bottom of this list.