Harwich Richard Houston will run the 26th Boston Marathon in a row and the 33rd overall. Houston crossed high school and college across the country and began running the Boston Marathon out of college.
As a retired history teacher taught by Monomoe, Houston is competing because of history. Its longevity and consistency earned Houston a place in the “Quarter-Century Circle” for 25 or more runners in the Boston Marathon.
“The club was organized by a long-time runner, and when he did, 25 were competing 25 or 25 times in a row,” said Houston. “BAAA, a unique organization, allows you to re-enter automatically as long as you keep up your 25-race race, so you don’t have to hit the qualification level anymore.”
The 125th Boston Marathon 26.2 mile course will be back in person for the first time since April 15, 2019, and an estimated 90 runners from the Cape and the islands are warming up. The competition was held last year due to the epidemic, and participants ran their own courses and submitted their results through various phone applications.
Photo GalleryThe 125th Boston Marathon home run ahead of Monday’s race
According to the Boston Athletics Association (BAA), participants do not need a mask and must provide immunizations or a negative COVID-19 test to participate. Although the race returns in person on Monday, the virtual version is available from Friday to Sunday as an option.
Centville’s Harold Robinson will run his 27th consecutive race this year. Robinson He ran the Lowell Marathon with a friend in the 1990s, and they both qualified for Boston. They ran Boston together and Robinson has been “stuck” ever since. On Friday, he finished his imaginary race, but did not decide until Friday to run in a physical race that had special significance for him.
“They had a fire alarm in the Wellsley center, and every time I ran, Dad would protect me every time I ran,” said Robinson. I could not walk through the Wellsley Center without weeping and shaking.
Orleans Janet Kelly started her 20th Boston Marathon and started running because she stopped smoking and looked for ways to lose weight. She said she was lonely and that last year’s fantasy competition was horrible.
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“Last year I worked on the Cape Code train myself, so it would be nice to come back in person. I look forward to running with thousands of people around me and seeing all my friends at school because after 19 times I know where my friends will be.
Centerville Dan Somes Two years after the 2013 bombing, we ran our first Boston Marathon.
“I glanced at what happened after the bombing, and I was inspired to run,” Soms said. “Once I ran, I just kept going backwards. I love running that course, I love the atmosphere and the energy is amazing when you run there.
Butterfly Amy Woods will run her first Boston Marathon on Monday. Last year she took part in a virtual competition. Until she enters Boston during the 2018 Rehobot Beach Delaware Marathon, Woods has no plans to run in Boston.
“I was late as a runner, so I didn’t grow up looking at the Boston Marathon as a goal,” Woods said. “So, when I qualify, like Oh, I qualify for Boston. I know the history and meaning of Boston, and they have the best people in the world. Leading Boston is an honor and I am really grateful to have finally found us. ”
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