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Boston Marathon Race Report by Milan, Tennessee native Robin Robbins

Competing in the 2016 Boston Marathon is something I have been working towards for about 5 years.    After I ran my first marathon in 2012 and finished in 4 hours I really thought qualifying for Boston may be a possibility.  I needed to beat 3:55 and felt like I could do it with better training and preparation.  I was able to BQ in 2014 and 2015 in December each year only to get bumped out during September registration because of overcrowding and adjustment of qualifying times the BAA made.  The 2014 BQ wound up not good enough by 40 seconds (needed 3:53:58) and the 2015 BQ fell short by 1 second (needed 3:52:22)!  So I was resigned to waiting for another chance at qualifying in a few years when I will be approaching my 65th birthday.  Then I will get 15 more minutes and hopefully not lose much speed between now and then.  So much for the stats, how did I get to Boston this year?

Well go to late February 2016 to begin the rest of the story.  I responded to a request from RIF #1 Joshua Holmes wanting to know which Run It Fast members qualified for Boston but got bumped out because of the qualifying adjustment. About 2 weeks later Joshua contacted me about an opportunity to go to Boston and run the 2016 Boston Marathon as part of a team of 10 runners from across the country being sponsored by Hyland’s.  Hyland’s is the official leg cramp medicine sponsor for the race.

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Hyland’s decided to let runners like me who had qualified, but then got turned down, use their sponsorship entry into the race.  It was like winning the lottery!  Needless to say I had to rearrange some things so I could travel that weekend and immediately step up my miles to be ready for it on short notice.  The race entry also had an obligation to engage in a social media campaign called Hyland’s Find Your Finish Line for 26 days leading up to the race.  It was intended to help get not only my thoughts on the race out on social media, but to get the Hyland’s name out there as well.  That “homework” plus stepped up training plus tremendous work stress made it a very challenging time leading up to the race.

Robin Robbins Boston Marathon 2016 Bib

Friday before the race my wife and I flew to Boston and got settled into our hotel for the days to come.   The hotel was conveniently located just a block from Copley Plaza and the nearby finish line.  We had several required events to attend and other optional events that the Hyland’s team had organized.  I had decided not to join the Saturday morning 4 mile shakeout run.  Although I did not run, we went over to a good vantage point on Boylston Street to watch the 5k race that morning.  It was windy and blustery and I was glad I was not running that morning!  As we were crossing the street about 10 minutes before the runners started coming towards us, Bill Rodgers came from out of nowhere in a hurry crossing in the other direction.  He was too quick for a conversation or hello, but it was neat to actually see him scurrying about as we were.

After watching what seemed like a 1000 runners go by, we crossed the street and headed back to the hotel for a meet and greet breakfast for our team.  There we met all the other runners (except one who was arriving Sunday) and most of the Hyland’s folks.  They gave us our goody bag which was a very nice backpack filled with Hyland products, pullover long sleeve warm up, visor, socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and other items.

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At noon we were required to go to the expo and meet at the Hyland’s booth to meet and have pictures made with Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon Race Director.  McGillivray has run the Boston Marathon each year since 1973 and since 1988 at night when he completes his duties as race director.  Pretty amazing!  Go to www.dmsesports.com to learn more about this man.  Then I went to the packet pick-up area to get my bib and shirt.

After our time together at the expo we had free time which we used to walk around the Boylston and Newberry Street shops and finish line area until that afternoon when we were meeting up at Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.   The weather was great and we sat in the sunshine in the outfield bleachers among the “bleacher creatures”.  We had a great time there getting to see a homerun hit over the “Green Monster” wall in left field and joining in for the singing of “Sweet Caroline” which has become a tradition there since the early 2000’s.  After the game we met some longtime friends of ours for dinner in the Italian part of the market area and then back to the hotel.

Sunday began with a brunch for our group at the townhome of one of the Hyland’s Boston employees, Margot Moore, in the South End which was a short walk south of our hotel.  A great time visiting with the team was enjoyed by all.  The rest of the day was more free time, so my wife and I took a Duck Tour of Boston.   It was very interesting seeing so many historic places by land and by water.  I would recommend this to anyone going to visit Boston as a starting point of you exploration of this city.  Sunday night we joined Roy Tamez and others for an RIF pre-race dinner at the Anthem Kitchen and Bar in the Faneuil Hall area of the city.

Robin Robbins, Kendra Schoffstall, Kevin Gerteisen, Jen Metcalf at the Boston Marathon

Race day began early with a 5:00 am breakfast at our hotel and then a short walk over to our tour bus ride out to Hopkinton. We made it to the Athletes Village around 7:00 am and rested on the grassy area near our bus. While waiting around I saw some Indiana RIF representatives, Jen Metcalf, Kevin Gerteisen, Kendra Schoffstall, and Angie Pace.  Always fun to see other RIFers at the races.  We could tell that the heat would be a factor because it was very pleasant even that early in the morning.  The temperature rose steadily reaching the high 60’s before we started the race.  When it was finally time for my wave to head over to the start line, we left the Athletes Village (Hopkinton High School) and walked almost a mile down to town and the starting line.  A retired veteran sang a rousing rendition of the different armed forces fight songs and then the gun was fired and we were off to Boston!

The excitement and adrenaline was flowing and everyone roared out of the corral and down the road which was steadily falling, making it too easy to go too fast.  Cheering spectators lined both sides of the road here and all the way to Boston except for a few small spots in between towns.  I kept pulling back on my pace until I reached 4 miles and decided to use a quick porta potty break to help slow me down.  After that quick stop I was able to hold a steady pace through the towns of Ashland and Framingham until I reached Wellesley.

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It was here that I planned another slow down while passing the “scream tunnel” of college girls at Wellesley College.  Of course I had to take a short video and a few pictures there as well as giving a few kisses away during my short recovery slow down.  This was about the half marathon point in the race and I knew the town of Newton and the famous Newton Hills would be next.  I started seeing signs entering Newton at 16 miles.  Around mile 17 the Newton Fire station came into sight and the road veered to the right heading straight into the Newton Hills for the next 4 miles.  The final hill of course was Heartbreak Hill cresting at mile 21.  Boston College students were on both sides of the road there screaming and handing out red roses to the runners. I have to say that I know now why that last hill is called Heartbreak.  I was really chugging along slowly when I reached the top and hoping that I could maybe pick up the pace slightly and hold it there until the finish.  But that was not going to happen for me.  I did manage to pick it up slightly the next mile but then I steadily slowed with each mile going in to the finish.

Robin Robbins Digging Deep at the Boston Marathon (2016)

I fought off a cramp in my left calf using Hyland’s Leg Cramp tablets those last few miles.  Thankfully Fenway Park was in sight to my right and then the large Citgo sign signaling only 2 miles to go.  When I finally got to the last 2 turns I knew I could finish with the huge crowds cheering for me and all the other runners,  Right on Hereford and left on Boyston and then the finish line was in sight.  I finished the race in 4:12:11, not my best marathon, but considering I was undertrained, I feel like it was a respectable time and a good ending to a dream come true.

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Once across the finish line I received my finisher’s medal, a heat wrap, a bottle of water and then walked a block over to the University Club for our post race celebration.  After I got in there and sat down, I got extreme cramps in both calves and even my quads.  Immediately I was being treated with Hyland’s leg cramp lotion and tablets to help relieve the pain.  After about ten minutes I was able to stand and walk around enough to get a shower and come back to enjoy the party.  We all had plenty of food and beverages as we shared stories about our day and celebrated our accomplishment.

Robin Robbins with 2016 Boston Marathon Medal

I want say that if it had not been for being a part of Run It Fast this would not have been possible. I have to thank Joshua Holmes for making this opportunity available to me as a result of his deep connections to the running community.  Thanks to all who followed and supported me along the way and for enduring my 26 days of posts about this adventure.  I am pretty sure that there may be other opportunities for RIF members to be a part of something else special that Hyland’s may have coming in the future and I hope someone else from Run It Fast can be a part of it.

Robin Robbins (2016 Boston Marathon finisher)

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Lemi Berhanu Hayle Wins 120th Boston Marathon (Results)

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Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle easily won the 120th Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day with a time of 2:12:45. Hayle’s powerful close over the last 5K left last year’s winner Lelisa Desisa nearly a minute back

Desisa finished in second place in 2:13:32. Yemane Adhane Tsegay passed Wesley Korir to claim third place in 2:14:02. Korir finished fourth in 2:14:05.

2016 Boston Marathon Top 10 Male Results

  1. Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) – 2:12:45
  2. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) – 2:13:32
  3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:14:02
  4. Wesley Korir (Kenya) – 2:14:05
  5. Paul Lonyangata (Kenya) – 2:15:45
  6. Sammy Kitwara (Kenya) – 2:16:43
  7. Stephen Chebogut (Kenya) – 2:16:52
  8. Abdi Nageeye (Netherlands) – 2:18:05
  9. Getu Feleke (Ethiopia) – 2:18:46
  10. Zachary Hine (USA) – 2:21:37

Congrats to Zachary Hine on being the first finisher from the United States. He finished in 2:21:37.

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Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa surprised almost everyone by winning the 120th Boston Marathon. She was the top female to finish after passing Tirfi Tsegaye in the last 10K and just getting stronger and stronger until she reached the finish line. She beat Tsegaye by 44 seconds.

Tsegaye finished in 2:30:03. Third place went to Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) in 2:30:50.

2016 Boston Marathon Top 10 Female Results

  1. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:29:19
  2. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) – 2:30:03
  3. Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya) – 2:30:50
  4. Jelena Prokopcuka (LVA) – 2:32:28
  5. Valentine Kipketer (Kenya) – 2:33:13
  6. Flomena Cheyech Daniel (Kenya) – 2:33:40
  7. Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) – 2:33:56
  8. Fate Tola (Ethiopia) – 2:34:38
  9. Neely Spence Gracey (USA) – 2:35:00
  10. Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia) – 2:37:31

Congrats to Neely Spence Gracey on being the first female finisher from the United States. She ran a strong race and finished in 2:35:00 with a big gap over second American, Sarah Crouch.

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120th Boston Marathon Live Coverage (2016)

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Kenneth Williams finished the Boston Marathon in 4:57:51. It’s about Kenneth’s 14th Boston Marathon finish. Congrats, Kenneth! #RunItFast

RIF’s Linzie Starr finished the Boston Marathon in 5:19:43. Congrats!! #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Angie Whitworth Pace finished the Boston Marathon in 4:28:30. Congrats, Angie!!! #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Kendra Fields Schoffstall finishes the Boston Marathon in 4:38:36. Congrats, Kendra!! #RunItFast

He did it! RIF #33 Robin Robbins finished the Boston Marathon in 4:12:11. Congrats, Robin! Dreams do come true with a vision and hard work. Proud of you my friend! ‪#‎HylandsFYFL‬ ‪#‎RunItFast‬

Legendary RIF member Dallas Smith, at 75 yo, finishes another Boston Marathon. This one in 4;07:25. #RunItFast

Run It Fast’s Aimee Shilling finishes in 3:53:03. Congrats, Aimee!

Run It Fast members Cary Morgan finishes 3:46:05 and Jen Metcalf finishes in 3:54:36.

Run It Fast’s Kevin Gerteisen finishes in 3:47:30.

Run It Fast’s Nadia Ruiz finishes in 3:35:43.

Run It Fast’s Michelle Bischoff finishes strong with a time of 3:34:11. Congrats, Michelle! #RunItFast

RIF’s Linzie Starr hits halfway in 2:19:03. Projected for a 4:42 finish.

Run It Fast’s David Dye finishes in 4:01:03.

Run It Fast’s Dean Karnazes finishes in 3:48:58.

Mas Korima’s Patrick Sweeney finishes in 3:23:13.

#HylandsFYFL Robin Robbins hits halfway in 2:00:28.

Run It Fast’s Tim Christoni finishes the Boston Marathon in 3:11:39.

RIF Angie Whitworth Pace hits half in 2:08:55. Tim Christoni is at 40k and close to a finish.

RIF Roy Tamaz 1:54:15 half marathon split.

Run It Fast member rundown:

  • Robin Robbins 10K in 56:07
  • Dallas Smith 10K in 53:57
  • Angie Whitworth Pace 15K in 1:26:27
  • Jen Metcalf 15K in 1:21:20
  • David Dye 25K in 2:03:01
  • Michelle Bischof 15K in  1:15:08
  • Aimee Shilling 15K in 1:15:16
  • Roy Tamaz 15K in 1:19:47
  • Tim Christoni 30K in 2:13:20
  • Kendra Fields Schoffstall 10K in 58:11
  • Kevin Gerteisen 25K in 2:05:21

Congrats to the top 3 men and women:

Men

  1. Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) – 2:12:45
  2. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) – 2:13:32
  3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:14:02

Women

  1. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:29:19
  2. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) – 2:30:03
  3. Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya) – 2:30:50

Tsegay takes Korir for 3rd place. Korir finishes in 4th.

Desisa, last year’s champ, finishes in 2nd place.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle (Ethiopia) WINS the 120th Boston Marathon in 2:12:45. Hayle is just 21 years old.

Men: Hayle has a dominating lead. It’s been a coronation jaunt for him the last few miles. He will win the Boston Marathon.

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Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) is the female winner of the 120th Boston Marathon in 2:29:19 in a remarkable come from behind win.

Less than a mile left for Baysa and she is in control and will win the Boston Marathon barring an absolute disaster. She’s left the field and Tsegaye far behind.

Baysa is in a solid lead now by about 10 seconds. She is looking strong and getting stronger as she passes 40k.

The women are neck in neck now between Tsegaye and Baysa.

Tsegaye is currently leading the women with about a 5 second lead over Joyce.

Run It Fast’s David Dye has hit the half way point in 1:39:57.

Top 3 women through 35k

  1. Tirfi Tsegaye 2:04:19
  2. Joyce Chepkirui 2:04:29
  3. Valentine Kipketer 2:04:40

Run It Fast’s Robin Robbins has been spotted before the start of his race. He’s part of the Hylands Find Your Finish Line team. Robin’s journey and story to get to this race is quite amazing.

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Mas Korima’s Patrick Sweeney hits the half way point in 1:25:35 wearing Luna sandals and a kilt.

At the half way point the top men stand as:

  1. Yemane Tsegay – 1:06:45
  2. Getu Feleke – 1:06:46
  3. Lemi Hayle – 1:06:46

At the half way point the top three women stand as:

  1. Tirfi Tsegaye – 1:15:33
  2. Valentine Kipketer – 1:15:34
  3. Joyce Chepkirui – 1:15:34

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Late start to our 120th Boston Marathon live coverage. Someone had to get the kids ready for and to school this morning.

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Larry Johnson 93-94 Teal Hornets Warmup Jacket

Hot or Not? 2016 Boston Marathon Jacket Getting Heat

2016 Boston Marathon Jacket

Adidas released photos for the 2016 Boston Marathon runner’s jacket today and most on social media weren’t taking too kindly to the Faberge egg like colors (albeit with some humor).

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They remind me of the 1993 Charlotte Hornets warmup jackets that Larry ‘Grandmama’ Johnson and Alonzo Mourning used to wear.

Larry Johnson 93-94 Teal Hornets Warmup Jacket

See?? I think the Hornets might have a beef with Adidas and Boston copying their early 90’s teal jackets.

2016 Boston Marathon Jacket Model

Well on the bright side at least the Boston Marathon jacket will match Adidas’ new shoe they just released:

Remember it’s just a jacket and that there are many runners who BQ’d but were locked out with the cutoff this year for getting into the race. They would love this ‘ugly’ jacket.

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Lelisa Desisa 2015 Boston Marathon Winner – Run It Fast

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa Wins the 2015 Boston Marathon (Results)

Lelisa Desisa 2015 Boston Marathon Winner - Run It Fast

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa easily won the 2015 Boston Marathon on Monday morning in Boston with a winning time of 2:09:17.

Second place went to Desisa’s fellow countryman Yemane Adhane Tsegay in 2:09:48, with third place going to Kenya’s Wilson Chebet in 2:10:22.

Desisa becomes a rare two-time winner of the prestigious race. He won the race back in 2013 when the Boston Marathon Bombings took place. After the race he gave his winning medal to the city of Boston.

Desisa’s two Boston Marathon wins are sandwiched around American Meb Keflezighi’s win last year in 2014. Meb finished in 8th place with a time of 2:12:42.

The highest finishing American this year was Dathan Ritzenhein in 2:11:20.

2015 Boston Marathon Top 10 Results (Male)

  1. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) – 2:09:17
  2. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (ETH) – 2:09:48
  3. Wilson Chebet (KEN) – 2:10:22
  4. Bernard Kipyego (KEN) – 2:10:47
  5. Wesley Korir (KEN) – 2:10:49
  6. Frankline Chepkwony (KEN) – 2:10:52
  7. Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) – 2:11:20
  8. Meb Keflezighi (USA) – 2:12:42
  9. Tadese Tola (ETH) – 2:13:35
  10. Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) – 2:13:52

Caroline Rotich was the female winner of the 2015 Boston Marathon

Congrats to all of the Boston Marathon finishers on Monday!

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Caroline Rotitch Boston Marathon 2015 Female Winner – Run It Fast

Caroline Rotich is the Female Winner of the 2015 Boston Marathon (Results)

Caroline Rotitch Boston Marathon 2015 Female Winner - Run It Fast

Kenya’s Caroline Rotich had an amazing finish, blasting past Mare Dibaba (ETH) in the last 200 yards in becoming the 2015 female winner of the Boston Marathon. Rotich’s winning time was 2:24:55 with Dibaba in 2:24:59.

Third place went to Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba in 2:25:09.  Fourth place went to American Desiree Linden in 2:25:39.

2015 Boston Marathon Top 10 Women

  1. Caroline Rotich (KEN) – 2:24:55
  2. Mare Dibaba (ETH) – 2:24:59
  3. Buzunesh Deba (ETH) – 2:25:09
  4. Desiree Linden (USA) – 2:25:39
  5. Sharon Cherop (KEN) – 2:26:05
  6. Caroline Kilel (KEN) – 2:26:40
  7. Aberu Kebede (ETH) – 2:26:52
  8. Shure Demise (ETH) – 2:27:14
  9. Shalane Flanagan (USA) – 2:27:47
  10. Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) – 2:29:07

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa Wins the 2015 Boston Marathon (Results)

Congrats to all of the finishers of the Boston Marathon!

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Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty

Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev - Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty by a federal jury of the Boston Marathon bombings that took place on April 15, 2013.  He orchestrated the bombings with his now dead brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev who died in the search and capture by authorities.

Over 250 people were injured and three died during the bombings. The defense tried to argue that Dzhokhar was under the influence of his brother.

In a bid to save Tsarnaev from a death sentence, defense attorney Judy Clarke has argued that Tsarnaev, then 19, fell under the influence of his radicalized brother. Tamerlan, 26, died when he was shot by police and run over by his brother during a chaotic getaway attempt days after the bombing.

“If not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened,” Clarke told the jury during closing arguments.

Prosecutors, however, portrayed the brothers — ethnic Chechens who moved to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago — as full partners in a plan to punish the U.S. for its wars in Muslim countries. Jihadist writings, lectures and videos were found on both their computers, though the defense argued that Tamerlan downloaded the material and sent it to his brother.

The next step will be the sentencing where the jury will decide if Tsarnaev should be executed or spend his life in prison.

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Boston Marathon Snow Covered Finish Line

The Boston Marathon Finish Line Has Been Shoveled…

Boston Marathon Snow Covered Finish Line

The big news today and all over social media was that the Boston Marathon finish line was shoveled out from under snow by a local bartender.

Tune back in tomorrow to see if anyone has done anything to solve world hunger or the sex trade industry.

Now ESPN’s Darren Rovell is reporting that, “Adidas has offered the guy who shoveled the Boston Marathon finish line (@loodini) an entry in this year’s race.”

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Kara Bonneau – The Real 14285 Boston Marathon Bib – Run It Fast

Foursquare Founder Apologizes for Wife Running Boston Marathon with Fake Bib

Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley has been forced to publicly apologize after fact came to light that his wife Chelsa Crowley ran the 2014 Boston Marathon last week with a fake bib (#34033).

Bandits running the race has been a long time tradition for the Boston Marathon but after the bombing a year ago race directors sought to crack down on the practice where runners, who haven’t qualified for the race, run the course, drink fluids, add more burden on volunteers, and accept a medal (a true bandit would never accept a medal).

The ruse went well with Dennis and Chelsa posting photos on Twitter and elsewhere celebrating their matching Boston finishes until the rightful holder of Bib #34033, Kathy Brown, went onto Marathon Foto to check out her official race photos from the race. Upon viewing the photos for her bib # she was shocked to discover there was another #34033 that looked nothing like her.

And almost as if from an episode of America’s Dumbest Criminals, Brown quickly noticed that the other #34033 had her Twitter handle @chelsa written on a piece of paper and attached to her bib.

Brown expressed her outrage upon figuring it all out, “I put that work in and it wasn’t fair that someone else didn’t have to do that. That was my first thought.”

Brown told Team 5 Investigates she was stunned to see that a woman wearing a bib with her number. It’s a number she said she earned by following the rules and raising money to fight multiple sclerosis, a disease that claimed her uncle’s life.

There was also a tweet exchange where someone asked @dens (Dennis), “Fake bib? 34033″ and @chelsa (Chelsa) responded on Twitter, “shh!!”

This is just one instance of several stories and photos involving fake bibs from Boston that have appeared on the internet over the past few days.

But with Chelsa we have photo proof of the fraudulent bib, a Tweet confessing as much, and an apology now from her husband, Dennis.

And sometimes there is more to the story that might not justify the reason but at least help explain the logic and thinking of that person and why they did what they did.

Dennis has come out and apologized for his wife using the fake bib to gain entry to run the Boston Marathon.

The short version of story is that they both legally ran the race together last year when the bombing took place. Chelsa finished moments before the bomb went off while Dennis was stopped miles back and not allowed to finish. He was given a guaranteed entry for the 2014 race because he wasn’t allowed to finish. Chelsa was not given a guaranteed entry into 2014 because she finished the 2013 marathon before the bombing.  She did not qualify or otherwise, via charity/sponsor, gain an official entry into the 2014 race. Dennis wanted to finish the Boston marathon this year with his wife by his side.

“Yes, using a duplicate number to get Chelsa into the starting corral with me was wrong,” Dennis wrote. “I don’t expect everyone to understand our strong need to run and finish together — but after trying unsuccessfully to get a charity number and trying unsuccessfully to officially transfer a number from an injured-runner friend, we did what we could to make sure we could run together in hopes of finishing together.”

“I sent an email to Kathy Brown, the woman who rightfully earned #34033 to apologize for any disrespect, hurt feelings or confusion,” he said. “Our intent was never to ‘steal’ anything from anyone — our intent was to finish the Boston Marathon together as we tried to do last year.”

“Again, sincerest apologies to anyone we offended or disrespected, including the [Boston Athletic Association] and the police/fire/EMT crews that worked so hard to make sure Monday’s race was safe for all runners,” he wrote and signed the letter on behalf of his wife.

A lot worse things happen in the world. I often hear of a lot worse things that runners do during a race. However, it’s against the rules and will truly upset a lot of people. The race has a strong and almost acknowledged, turn the other cheek, of bandits over the years. The Crowley’s are probably just too smart and tried to make it look too real and legit. That in addition to security tightening up and warnings from the BAA that it intended to use strict enforcement this year to keep bandits at bay for security reasons.

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) is investigating Chelsa’s fraudulent bib along with many others and will eventually render a decision that will likely be a lifetime ban from the Boston Marathon and BAA events.

Naturally, upset runners are laying into them both and especially Chelsa as you can see in this Twitter feed HERE.

Everyone makes mistakes. She isn’t the first bandit to run the Boston Marathon and won’t be the last. Thousands have done it over the years including someone you very likely know. The couple has apologized via Dennis and hopefully most can forgive them both and appreciate their coming forward and owning it. And perhaps it would hold a very public lesson to others to not do the same in the future.

However, another issue that comes into play is liability. If she were, Lord forbid, die or pass out or go into cardiac arrest during the race then volunteers, medics, ambulance and resources would be used and taken away from perhaps another runner that is facing similar medical need. Insurance for the race I would assume would only cover runners that are officially registered participants. I doubt if she had broke her leg she would have told paramedics to leave her alone that she was merely a bandit. It opens up a wide range of issues, mostly not good, when banditing happens. The BAA, like MLB during the steroid era, has just been too lax and accepting of it over the years and it won’t cease or be corrected instantaneously. The public embarrassment alone will likely teach many a lesson, but I’m sure there were hundreds more that ran without a bib or numbers that didn’t replicate official participants.

And with that said I believe there is an obligation on big races (outside of Boston) that are charging exorbitant entry fees to allow runners the option to defer up to a certain date or transfer their bib to another runner legally for a nominal transfer fee. Most banditing or illegal bib use happens simply from a financial perspective for many money strapped runners that paid a lot of money for a bib then can’t run due to injury or family obligations. So they will often illegally sell it at a discount to help recoup some of that cost and the purchaser is then able to get into a race that closed months ago. If the larger races can ease the transfer of bibs pre-race up to a certain date then it will likely help decrease the number of bandits and illegal bibs at races.

Earlier this week on social media we learned of another Boston Marathoner, Kara Bonneau, who much like Kathy Brown, logged onto Marathon Foto to check out her photos and found FOUR other runners photographed wearing HER bib #14285 (which is quickly become the most popular 5 digit race bib of all-time.)

Almost Thomas Crown comical at that point. All that was missing were the suits and top hats.

The Worst Things Runners Have Seen Other Runners Do During a Race

Dennis Crowley’s Boston Marathon Blog Post Discussing the 2013 Bombings Forward to the 2014 Race

[images: Twitter @dens @chelsa]

 

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Ryan Seacrest Interviews Meb Keflezighi After Winning the Boston Marathon

Ryan Seacrest Interviews Meb Keflezighi After Winning the Boston Marathon

Media mogul Ryan Seacrest interviewed 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi early this morning on his radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM based in Los Angeles.

“It makes me appreciate life. It took 31 years for an American to win it, but most importantly it was a very meaningful victory, not for me, but for Boston, for San Diego, for United States and people who help me and the world!”

Listen to the complete interview above!

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