2nd Annual New Year’s Boston Marathon Run
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Time: 4:49 (last year 3:45)
4 runners went all the way (last year had 2)
For the second year in a row, I decided that I wanted to ring in the New Year by running the course of the most famous marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon. I had so much fun the year before doing just this that I wanted to do it again. Only this year I was deciding between joining another group, one led by Gary Allen starting at an earlier time, or putting one together myself.
In the weeks leading up to when the calendar would flip from December to January, the decision was made for me when friends started asking me about the “New Year’s Boston Marathon” and if I was putting a group together this year.
At Mill Cities, almost a month away, fellow Goon, Dr. Methane, asked, “Are you running the Boston Marathon course again on New Year’s Day?” Before I could answer, he added, “I’m in if you are.” A few others voiced interested there and over the weeks, with several e-mails coming into my inbox. A 2nd Annual running was cemented during a Christmas Run with the Borderline Running Club, when Bob purposely sought me out to say, “If you put a group together, I’m in… I really want to do this.”
The New Year’s Boston Marathon run was on.
Travel logistics had most of us meeting early morning in Newton in front of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, conveniently mile 16.5 on the marathon course. Others would jump in along the way. We parked cars, hopped in others, and made the trek to Hopkinton for the start.
There were ten of us for the start. One would be going 7 miles, two were in for the first 16 to Newton Lower Falls, and one for 16.5 back to our cars at the hospital in Newton; during the way we would gain a few, including Michael at mile 13 at, where he would say, “Marathon Sports Newton, this way I will run Marathon Sports to Marathon Sports.” Marathon Sports is a popular running shore in the Boston area.
In addition to the many, Chuck and Don, two of my pals from the USATF-NE Mountain Series, showed up to run the first 16 miles to Newton Lower Falls. Between the two of them, they have run the Mount Washington Road Race over 40 times. This is no joke.
Joining the numbers were Bill, Carol, Bob and Thor (that’s me) from the Borderline Running Club. I had extended invite to all of BRC, and I hoped to get more numbers, but I had a lot of interest voiced and had three bag out last minute. So I am hopeful that next year this becomes a BRC staple.
Bill was in for the first 17 miles to our cars at Newton-Wellesley just before the fire station, and Carol was in for the first 7. Carol was awesome, because after running her share, she provided aid through mile 13. Thank you, Carol!
And Bob, what about Bob? He was silly. He was in for the long haul.
Time to start!
Aid Station #1
Aid Station #2
As our happy group made our way through Wellesley, minus the screaming girls giving free kisses without fear of a jail sentence, we had an unexpected surprise with a pair of roadside Methane Man supporters. Methane is a Goon name for Gary. His supporters breathed a shot of energy into those remaining… and even newcomer Michael, who we picked up at the same spot!
We had plenty of energy in the tank. Those of us going long were still feeling good, and those who were soon to go home were also feeling good, each for different reasons.
Sadly, our little group, four of whom were going all the way, that being Bob, Brenda, Gary and Thor, had to say goodbye to Chuck and Don first and then Bill a little later on. A fun, happy group, conversation was still strong. We missed our friends but forged on nonetheless.
NEWTON – Fire house
Happy New Year!
Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston!
One more time…
There is always beer involved, right? Right.