Triad runners preparing to race in Boston Marathon
A guide to Running Shorts' coverage of the Boston Marathon.
Running’s biggest day, the 127th annual Boston Marathon, is coming up on Monday.
Almost 80 runners from the Triad – from Graham to Hamptonville, from Asheboro to Summerfield, and certainly including Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem – will be among the 30,000 lining up in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday morning and finishing 26.2 miles later in downtown Boston.
Several of these Boston Marathon runners attended sendoff celebrations this week, hosted in Greensboro by Fleet Feet Sports at A&T's Marcus T. Johnson Track and in Winston-Salem by the Twin City Track Club at the Joymongers Barrel Hall.
I spoke with 15 of them to assemble a video interview, asking them what they're most looking forward to experiencing this weekend and on race day. There’s much excitement but there’s also … dread?
Click below to watch (it’s just short of seven minutes), and be sure to stay for the end:
Boston Marathon coverage at Running Shorts
Here’s a preview of coverage you can expect at RunningShorts.org – and in the email inboxes of subscribers –through Monday.
A guide to the World Marathon Majors: Greensboro runner Bobby Booze recently completed his sixth of the six World Marathon Majors. Bobby offers his international insight to all six in advance of the first U.S. marathon in this group in 2023.
Boston Marathon Newsstand: How to watch, how to follow and links to coverage from national and running outlets that will interest you.
Boston Marathon results: While you might want to track your friends in Boston, Running Shorts will aggregate results in real time for all Triad runners. Visit RunningShorts.org for updates throughout the afternoon. This post will be free and available for all readers and runners; all others will be part of a premium subscription (more on that below).
Boston Marathon race reports: Going back to Running Shorts’ first life at Greensboro.com, interviews with select Triad runners after they’ve completed the marathon have become a race-day tradition that’s more than a decade old.
More than 90 runners have taken time to share their experiences and their photos for Running Shorts readers starting with Michael Dougherty, Dina Arceo, Ram Sethu and Dena Harris in 2010.
The race has certainly endured its share of twists since then. The horrific bombing at the finish line in 2013 turned these race reports into a different type of journalism that afternoon.
Then some of our runners returned in 2014 to complete the distance in a race made even more memorable by Meb Keflezighi’s victory.
Triad runners pushed through rain and a strong headwind in 2018, following the path that Des Linden blazed on the way to her wearing the olive wreath as champion.
And others took part in an unusual fall Boston Marathon in 2021, after the previous year’s race was canceled because of COVID.
One thing COVID did was to accelerate the use of video conferencing technology. So look for not only text reports but video interviews with Triad runners at RunningShorts.org on Monday afternoon and evening.
I hope you’ll enjoy!
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