Follow-up: More Boston Marathon follow-up with Eve Drinis and Scott Kimberling

As we got ready for the 2008 Boston Marathon, I ran first-time profiles on Eve Drinis, Scott Kimberling and Duane Slade. A follow-up from Duane ran yesterday. Now, here are some notes from our other two runners who both finished the race. Great job you two!

To read the profiles of the two runners, click their names below.

Eve Drinis, Mesa Arizona

I completed the race with a time of 3:57:22, just 2 minutes and 11 seconds off my personal best, re-qualifying for Boston at Boston, and was pleased with the time. I found the course, particularly the placement of the hills difficult, and focused on running my splits as evenly as I could.

I lost my shoe at approximately mile 5 or 6, because someone stepped on my heel. (I tie my shoes very loose because my feet tend to swell.) I had to back-track to retrieve it. That almost through me off my game, but I managed to get myself calmed down. I was grateful I was actually able to get my shoe back; otherwise, I would not have been able to finish the race.

The crowds were amazing, particular around Wellsley and Boston Colleges. The cheering was so loud my ears were buzzing for hours afterwards. It was really inspiring to have all those people out there just cheering.

The race and the entire weekend was a great adventure. I particularly enjoyed watching the Trials the day before. We watched the start, then went to the bridge, and were able to see the competitors eight times, then ran over to the finish area and saw everyone cross the finish line. Seeing Deena Kastor overtake Magdalena Lewy Boulet was quite exciting! I truly appreciated witnessing a small piece of American running history.

My Boston Marathon weekend will be one of my most treasured running memories.

Scott Kimberling, Vancouver, Washington

WOW!! What a great experience.

The weather, the crowds, the runners, and the race’s organization was great. Boston is a very nice city as well.

I had some leg problems in the months before the race and was a bit worried how things would go so I made sure I went out at a real easy pace, which I did. I ended up with a 3:31 — and considering I had only run one 24 mile run in the previous 2 months before the marathon — I was happy with that.

Also, going a bit slower allowed time to really enjoy the whole experience.

My son who is now 17 wants to do it next year. He’s done three marathons already: Portland was his first at age 14 where he ran a 3:19 and then he ran San Diego with me last year in 2:56. So maybe next year, I will get to go back and watch him run his first Boston!

Congratulations to all of the Boston Marathon finishers. For a preview of the short-subject film about the Boston Marathon that we’re working on, click here.

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Follow-up: Duane Slade on the Boston Marathon

During the week before the Boston Marathon, we ran profiles of some first time Boston Marathon runners. I asked them to write down some of their thoughts about the race and tell me how it went. Here is the first follow-up from Boston: Duane Slade from Mesa Arizona writes about his first-time at the Boston Marathon.

I captured some footage of Duane before the start of the race, which will likely make it into the short-film that we’re about to release called 26.2 Miles to Boston. You can check out a preview of the film by clicking here. Now, here’s Duane’s story.

It all started this morning around 4:30 with the hotel wake up call. I really wasn’t sleeping well so it wasn’t hard to get out of bed. I had a little breakfast and went down to the lobby to wait for the buses that would take us out to the start line.

As I was sitting around in the lobby I quickly realized that I was not prepared at all. I had on a sleeveless running shirt and a pair of shorts. I looked around and everyone was dressed like they were going to Alaska. They had on jackets, sweats, hats, and gloves. They were all carrying bags with their numbers on them and I was carrying a bottle of water and a bagel. After assessing the situation I hurried upstairs and put on a couple more items, grabbed my red bag with my number, and went to the bathroom one more time. I then headed outside to catch the bus.

The bus ride was very cold and long. As we rode up to the start line we definitely took a wrong turn because we were going way too far. It felt like we were on the bus for an hour. The guys behind me didn’t make the ride any nicer with their windows down the whole time. They must of grown up in the arctic circle because the -40 wind-chill that was coming through the window and blowing on me didn’t seem to affect them the slightest.
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Commentary: Our badge of honor

It’s been three days since the Boston Marathon and I’m so, so, tired.

It’s not just tired, it’s this sort of wrecked feeling. Like all I want to do is stay in bed motionless kind of wrecked.

I’m coughing and hacking, because I caught that post-race cold that I always catch. I don’t know where they come from, but the day after a race, I just always catch one and it usually lingers for awhile. I read something about immune system function being depressed after races, which is usually why people get sick, but that’s all too much for my brain to process right now.

The funny thing is that I didn’t particularly run that hard out there. I was busy shooting a film of the race, so I was starting and stopping and it took my over five hours to cover the course. But I’m wrecked just the same.

I saw this young woman in the airport in Chicago on Tuesday night. She had her Boston jacket on and was sort of limping slowly down the concourse. I made eye contact with her and then said, “you look like I feel,” to which she couldn’t even work up the energy to smile. She was far worse than me. She was in serious pain and wanted nothing more to be lying in bed somewhere, not walking through O’hare at 11:00PM eastern time.
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Boston Marathon Women’s Finish Video Clip

I found a clip of the women’s finish at the 2008 Boston Marathon out on YouTube that may be of interest to you. The clip came from WBZ TV, so it may not be there for long.

To go to YouTube and watch the clip, click here.

I’m working on the edit of the film that I shot at the race. I’ve reviewed all of the footage and it is great. Check back here as I’ll have it ready shortly.

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Races: Cheruiyot wins fourth Boston Marathon; Tune wins tightest women’s race in Boston History

Cheruiyot wins 2008 Boston MarathonBOSTON — Robert Cheruiyot won the 112th Boston Marathon today in a time of 2:07:46, earning him his fourth Boston Marathon victory and third in a row. Dire Tune outkicked Alevtina Biktimirova after a back-and-forth last mile to win by 2 seconds in the closest finish in the history of the women’s race.

Cheruiyot pulled away from Morroco’s Abderrahime Bouramdane as they entered the Newton Hills, reaching the crest of Heartbreak Hill with a 27-second lead and coasting to the sixth-fastest time in Boston Marathon history.

“This was the hardest,” Cheruiyot told the Associated Press. “Boston is not a very easy course, it’s very difficult. (But) I enjoy running the hills.”

Cheruiyot owns the course record of 2:07:14 which he set two years ago. Although his course record remained intact, he still beat his winning time of 2:14:13 in last year’s horrid weather conditions.

He was essentially unchallenged in this year’s race, prompting him to comment: “It’s very difficult when you’re running alone here in Boston,” he said. “You need company.”
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Boston Profile: Duane Slade, Mesa Arizona

Duane SladeHere’s the second of our Boston Profiles, in which we look at first-time Boston Marathon runners all this week. The answers were provided by the runners themselves, without any editing on our part. We wish all Boston first-timers good luck on Monday and hope they enjoy their big moment!

Name: Duane Slade
Home town: Mesa, Arizona

At which marathon did you qualify for Boston and what was your time?
I qualified at the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah. I ran in it in a time of 3:10:00 in 2007.

How many marathons have you run?
Boston will be my 9th marathon.

What is your goal at the Boston Marathon?
I want to try to finish the race in 3:15:00, which is my qualifying time — so that I can have the opportunity to come again if I love it as much as I think I will.

What does is mean to you to be going to Boston Marathon?
I think this is just going to be an awesome experience, no matter how I do on race day. Boston is the ‘Daddy’ of all Marathons and I’m so excited to be a part of it.
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Boston Profile: Scott Kimberling, Vancouver Washington

Scott Kimberling at the Rock N Roll Marathon (2007)Here’s the second of our Boston Profiles, in which we look at first-time Boston Marathon runners all this week. The answers were provided by the runners themselves, without any editing on our part. We wish all Boston first-timers good luck on Monday and hope they enjoy their big moment!

Name: Scott Kimberling
Home town: Vancouver, Washington

At which marathon did you qualify for Boston and what was your time?
I qualified for Boston at the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon (2007) with a time of 3:12:22.

What is your goal at the Boston Marathon?
My goal right now for Boston is to just finish. I started out in January and told myself I was going to put in a real “training program.” As the mileage increased so did my injuries, and they have progressively been getting worse. So we shall see what happens!

What does is mean to you to be going to Boston Marathon?
For me getting to run in the Boston Marathon is something special because as most of us know it seems to be the “Superbowl” of marathons.
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Broadcasts: 2008 Boston Marathon Live TV and Internet broadcast coverage

NOTE: This is 2008 information. For 2010 race information, click here.

The Boston Athletic Association will host the 112th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2008.

The Boston Marathon will be broadcast live on both televsion and the Internet. Television coverage will be available on local Boston TV station WBZ-TV. National television coverage will be on the Versus cable-TV network. The race will also be broadcast globally on the Internet on the WCSN.com network.

Local Television Coverage in Boston
WBZ-TV (CBS owned-and-operated, Channel 4) will be providing live local coverage in the Boston area. Their broadcast will run from 8:00 a.m. (ET) until 3:00 p.m. (ET).

National Television Coverage in the United States
Versus Network LogoThe VERSUS cable network wil televise the Boston Marathon for the fourth consecutive year. The telecast will air from 9:30 a.m. (ET) to 12:30 p.m. (ET). The Boston Marathon is distinguished as the only road race in the United States to have a complete, live, national television broadcast.

Global webcast on the Internet
WCSN.com — the World Champions Sports Network — will carry the Boston Marathon live around the globe on the Internet. After the event, the broadcast will also available for viewing in the WCSN archives.

WCSN LogoThe Boston Marathon will be covered live on WCSN on April 21st, 2008 with the coverage starting at 9:30AM ET. A subscription to WCSN is required to view the event. Subscriptions cost $4.95 for a month or $49.95 for an entire year. Visit www.wcsn.com for more information.

Blog Coverage
Coach Joe English from Running Advice and News will be on the race-course running in the Boston Marathon and will get the story for you first-hand. Check back here for the story of the day, race photos and video clips from this historic event.

For coverage information on the US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, please click here.

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Boston profile: Eve Drinis, Chandler Arizona

Eve Drinis at the Ragnar Del Sol RelayFor marathon runners, making it to the Boston Marathon is a dream come true. It often takes thousands of miles, piles of discipline, and a fierce desire to turn this dream into reality. We think that first-time Boston Marathon runners are special, because they’re experiencing something that many people only get to dream about.

Here’s the first of our Boston Profiles, in which we look at first-time Boston Marathon runners all this week. The answers were provided by the runners themselves, without any editing on our part.

Name: Eve Drinis
Home town: Born and raised in Chicago, became a runner in Chandler AZ, where I currently live.

At which marathon did you qualify for Boston and what was your time?
At St. George, in Utah, with a time of 3:55:11 (2007)

What is your goal at the Boston Marathon?
First, to run a good race, whatever conditions present themselves. I am thinking about Chicago this year, with all the heat, and the Nor’easter at Boston in 2007. I’ll try my best to handle conditions like that to the best of my ability. My husband ran in Boston in those conditions, and it was a brutal experience.

Second, to re-qualify for Boston (better than a 4:00:59)

And my ultimate goal is to have a new personal record!

What does is mean to you to be going to Boston Marathon?
It means I am a real athlete, albeit a ‘late bloomer’ I am a former couch potato who caught the running bug at 40. And I am still improving each year!
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Join us for Boston Marathon week!

Boston Marathon LogoWith the London Marathon behind us, we now move on to the most exciting marathon in the United States — the Boston Marathon. The marathon is coming up on Monday, April 21st.

And this year, we get the added bonus of the US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials on Sunday as well. We’ll get to see the best American women running their best to see who will represent us at the Olympics in Beijing!

Why do I say that Boston is the most exciting marathon in the United States? It’s because the Boston Marathon requires qualification by running times that meet a fairly high-standard to get in to the rac. That means that for many runners, making it to Boston is a life-long goal or dream. For first-time Boston Marathon runners, just being there is the culmination of a dream.

This week I’ll be running a series of profiles of first-time Boston Marathon runners, asking them what it means to be going to the big show in Bean Town. The series start today with the first profile and then you’ll see one each day this week.

And there will be lots of other Boston Marathon coverage as well, including broadcast information, pre-race previews for both events, and and photos and videos from Boston. Stay with us as we see the most exciting week in American marathon running unfold!

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