Gebre Nida discusses his day at the Boston Marathon. Watch the video above, with Nida awaiting a flight at Boston Logan International Airport, or read his report here:
How he qualified
Qualified at several marathons, but registered with PR of 2:48:19 at 2021 Tobacco Road Marathon in Cary in May 2021
Fourth Boston Marathon
How it went
"It went very well, considering. I came with three goals. Goal No. 1 was to PR overall; it didn't happen. Goal No. 2 was to keep it under 2:50; it didn't happen. Goal No. 3 was to improve my Boston course; that happened. So I'm happy."
That Boston Marathon moment
"It's my fourth overall, including the one virtual that we did last year. The last three in-person marathons; all of them were special to me. I kept improving my time. This one is almost 900 days since they did it last time. Boston is Boston. I wanted to come and support the city that we love as a running community. The Boston Marathon organization is such a great company. Thousands of volunteers; they make you feel at home. You can't miss that. Any moment of it, I enjoy, so I'm very happy to do it this year."
On his brother Esayas (2:37:17)
"He did very well. He didn't get what he wanted. But his half marathon mark was 1:12; that's his personal best. I know he's got talent; he just needs some volume."
How he's celebrating
"The usual. We stopped by a beer place at the airport. We didn't have enough time in the city to eat or drink. I had more than the usual number of gels; that upsets my stomach anyway. But I can't say no to beer.
"We started off here, and we'll continue in Charlotte with my friends overnight. Then everybody goes back to work. One of our friends is a surgeon; he has eight patients to operate on tomorrow. This is what we do. We run then fly the same night and then go back to work the very next day."