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JUNE, 2014

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FIRST PENNSYLVANIAN,
NICHOLAS END.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

A Somewhat Forgettable Time
While Having an Unforgettable Time

BY GARY ISHLER

The dual connotation of time. This year’s Boston Marathon ran on connotation, from the many meanings of run, to spirit, to emotion, to success, to achievement, to victory.

The 26.2 mile parade of exaltation and exuberance didn’t quite go as planned for me. My GPS watch refused to lock into the satellite so I was forced to intuitively track my pace, just as I did the last time I traversed the sacred Boston course 26 years ago.

Though it didn’t seem so at the time, that was a comparatively minor setback, both in my world and that of this great marathon in general.

The past two years I had qualified and made the eight hour drive from Central Pennsylvania to Boston, but never made it to the starting line. In 2012, I chose not to bake in the 90 degree April heat and took a deferment, though I ran a marathon that fall to justify my spot. Then in 2013--what some say was fortuitous--I came down with the flu on the drive to Boston and left for home on Marathon Monday just as the race was starting. I recall telling my wife I’d never come back again.

Just over eight hours later, after the bombings, I knew I had to go back—for Boston and for me.

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