It’s memories like those that inspire loyalty to the Boston Marathon. And that loyalty wasn’t tested, but rather strengthened by the bombings.
Robert Phay of Chapel Hill, N.C., had run 10 consecutive Boston Marathons before an injury sidelined him this year. He knows firsthand how addictive running Boston can be, how other marathons cannot compare. He was medically cleared just before London and set his sights on a qualifying time. He ran one, but before the race he had a contingency plan. “I may have to run as a bandit,” said Phay. “But I will be back for 118th Boston Marathon.”
And he will have plenty of company on the course and alongside the route.
True to the spirit of the sport, marathoners want to show resiliency and contribute to something bigger, much bigger than a race, to give back in their own way by coming back.
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