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BOSTON---"I need to run."
The messages started arriving just
hours after the bombings, pleading for
an entry into the 2014 Boston
Marathon. For months the calls and e-
mails continued, runners begging for
an opportunity to cross the finish line
on Boylston Street and convinced it
would ease at least some of their grief.
"They d say: I m not a qualified run-
ner; I don t think I ever will be. I train.
I run. I could do it. But because of what
happened last year, I need to run, "
Boston Athletic Association executive
director Tom Grilk said last week.
"It might have been because they
were present at the finish, or they knew
somebody who was working or was
affected. They might have been some-
body who lives in Haverhill (Massa-
chusetts), and they were watching the
race and it hit em hard. That was true
for a lot of people. And we received
some of these communications and we
thought, What do we do? "
The BAA had already expanded this
year s field to include more than 5,000
runners who were stranded on the
course when the two explosions killed
three and wounded 264 others. A few
extra invitations were sprinkled among
the first-responders and the victims,
or their families; others went to charities
and the towns along the route; some
who said they were personally touched
by the tragedy were already given bibs.
But organisers felt they might still
be missing people, people who perhaps
didn t think their trauma was worthy
amid all the lost limbs and physical
scars. So, in November, they announced
that about 500 bibs would be available
for those "personally and profoundly
impacted by the events of April 15,
In 250-word essays submitted over
the Web site, 1,199 would-be runners
made their case. Almost 600 had the
connection the BAA was looking for.
"The anger, guilt and heartbreak I
still feel today will never go away," wrote
Kate Plourd, who was in the medical
tent, dehydrated and vowing never to
run Boston again, when she heard the
announcements: "Explosions at the
finish line. Casualties. Dismember-
ments. Prepare yourself to treat the
"Running the 2014 Boston Marathon
will help me heal my mind," she said
in the essay that landed her bib No
28115. "I ll push myself...to finish the
2014 Boston Marathon in honour of
those who won t ever give up, who I
won t ever forget."
More than $60 million for victims
The last year in Boston has been
punctuated with memorial services and
other tributes, as well as fundraisers
that have raised more than $60 million
for the victims. But for those who feel
a connection to the Boston Marathon,
that connection is most often felt
And, when they decided they had to
do something, they decided they had
Dr Alok Gupta, a trauma surgeon at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
about 2 miles (3 kilometres) from the
finish line, thought about treating so
many leg injuries caused by the ground-
level bombs and concluded that running
the race would be "just really poetic."
"I decided that s what would be
meaningful for me," said Gupta, who
was a medical student in New York
during the September 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks and has since studied disaster
preparedness. "Running the Boston
Marathon this year---not next year, not
New York, not Chicago: Boston. I just
thought it would be meaningful for
A competitive swimmer in high
school, the now 37-year-old Gupta had
no experience in distance running until
he began to train for Monday s race.
Googling "How long does it take to
train for a marathon," Gupta got an
answer of 18 weeks.
Patriots Day was 18 1/2 weeks away.
He applied and received bib No
35542. Alan Hagyard ran Boston for the
first time in 2012 and was back in the
field last year, coming down Boylston
when the first bomb went off about
30 feet (nine metres) away.
"The memories often bring tears to
my eyes," he wrote in his application.
The explosion left him deaf in his
Victims remain inspiring
So many of those contacted for this
story had the same request: Please don t
make it about me.
The BAA declined to make available
those who read the applications, saying
they wanted the attention to be on the
runners. After sharing her story by tele-
phone, finish line volunteer Adrienne
Wald called back the next morning to
express regret; after all, the victims had
it much worse.
"It s weird to talk about being affected
by the marathon," Plourd said. "No one
I know was injured. A lot of us had
really horrible experiences, but everyone
walked away unscathed."
But the victims are "so inspiring,"
she said. "If people who have gone
through this tragic experience can pull
it together and be so strong, I figured
I could, too."
Orthopedic surgeon Sue Griffith is
raising money for Shriners Hospitals
for Children in Philadelphia to supply
prosthetics for children. She wrote that
she was celebrating her finish last year
"until I found out that the cannons I
heard at the finish line were actually
room for those
affected by bombs
In memory of a tragic marathon
University of Massachusetts nursing professor Adrienne Wald, centre, helps carry a banner that features a
photo of Krystle Campbell, a UMass nursing student who died in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013,
during a tribute walk on a track at the school in Boston. Wald, who has run the Boston Marathon five times,
organised a group of her students last year to work as race volunteers on the sweep team, standing with
wheelchair runners they expected to be dehydrated or otherwise needing minor medial care. None of her
students was injured in the bombing. AP PHOTO
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