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Boston Magazine May Cover

Stories from the Boston Marathon

The shoes that form our May cover story are a few of the many, many more worn by people on April 15, 2013. Whether you ran, attended, became a first responder, or watched from around the world, we invite you to submit a photo of your shoes and tell us your story from the 117th Boston Marathon.

  • Caroline Suttlehan20 YonkersNew York

    I’m not much of a runner, so my goal was simply to finish—which made walking away at 25.8 hard to swallow. But I’m lucky to be here and lucky to have my parents.

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  • Kristine Chew35 VancouverBC - Canada

    Shock, anger, grief, disbelief, and sorrow were just a few of the emotions I experienced in the days after the marathon.

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  • Thanh Nelly Do24 Cambridge

    The nonprofit I was about to run for is a creditable one with a rich history in cancer research, so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry when it came to fundraising. The toughest task was the training.

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  • Steven Wagner20 Chestnut Hill

    I hope that marathon spirit never dies in Boston. It is unlike anything else.

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  • Kristen Souza

    Although the day has been clouded by this awful event, I choose to cherish the moments that the spirit of the marathon is about.

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  • Danielle Chaplick30 Brookline

    Part of me is still stuck in that moment of utter disbelief when I was told that bombs had been ignited and people were injured or dead.

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  • Erica Soma23 Boston

    The thought of two very important people being dead because they came to support me, and not having a phone to contact them, was probably the worst feeling I have ever felt in my entire life.

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  • Sarah Hunt31 Brookline

    The range of emotions from being on such a high from running my first marathon combined with the horrific tragedy is all hard to work through and comprehend. How can the excitement of running the Boston Marathon be coupled with such sadness?

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  • Scott Herman38 ManchesterCT

    I felt helpless. I couldn’t help anyone around me who had questions about the finish line, and I couldn’t find my friend, running buddy, and high school teammate who may have been in danger.

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  • Tammy Grella39 LitchfieldConn.

    A week later, I connected with the people whose phones I used that day. I heard back from all of them—they’re from Virginia, Oregon, and Hawaii. We live so far apart, but we have a link that will remain for a very long time.

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  • Emily Hopwood34 Somerville

    The second bomb detonated less than 10 feet away from where I was standing. And it wasn’t so much that I felt my whole life flashing before my eyes, but instead a feeling of finality—that this would be my last thought. Then I opened my eyes; I was still alive, but I was no longer celebrating at Forum. I was in hell.

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  • Tokie Lynn Santa BarbaraCalif.

    Living in California now, I’ve spread my love for Boston to my friends, and your heart inspired us to do the attached photo of our hiking boots on our hike last Sunday.

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  • Halina McMaster45 BellevueWash.

    The range of emotions I experienced that day was huge. Until the terror unfolded, it was truly the most amazing race I’ve had the honor of running.

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  • Velda Wilson67 BellevueWash.

    I’m moved by this heart-felt cover photo, and I share my gratitude for the brave people of Boston in a month-long tribute to the city.

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  • Joanne Barker48 Somerville

    I remember feeling on top of the world that day, like I could do anything, all because of the people who stuck around and cheered.

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