Boston Marathon Recap: Mile 21

I’ve watched and participated in many triathlons and road races before, however watching the Boston Marathon was different. And it was especially different from last year’s race.

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Runners coming down the infamous “Heartbreak Hill”- arguably the most challenging segment of the course.

 

It seemed that each runner was running for a common purpose: to show that Boston is stronger than ever. The energy around the course was one of unity and pride. The spectators cheered louder and watched the race longer. It was truly incredible to be able to be present for such a defining moment in America’s history.

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The women elite runners.

Watching the elite runner go by was incredible. I am always baffled by their endurance, for I cannot even run 1/26 of their race at the same speed. However, the most inspiring moment of that day was watching Rick and Dick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) run past me.

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Team Hoyt passing through Boston College.

The Hoyts are from the Boston area and are familiar faces in the endurance sports scene. Rick is handicapped and in a wheelchair, so Dick, his father, pushes him throughout the entire race. They have been racing for the past 37 years and together they have competed in over 1,000 races (including 6 Ironmans). This race was the last one they’d do together, as Dick is now 73 and Rick 52.

Last year Dick came to my school and spoke about how anything is possible. Team Hoyt’s motto is: CAN. They have made incredible strides in the endurance world and continue to inspire individuals around the world. Take a moment to watch this video. I cry every time, which really means something because I never cry (ask Caity).

Watching the 2014 Boston Marathon was an inspiring day to say the least! What’s your favorite race to watch or compete in?

Look out for a blog post soon from two YoungTri members who ran the race!

-Kaitlin

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