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.

  • Elizabeth McGuire57 WalthamMass.

    I couldn’t help but think of 9/11, the uncertainty. What had happened? What else was likely to happen?

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  • Brian Bronk45 East LymeConn.

    The main reason to run it again is to honor those who lost something. While injured, while hurt, we will not be defeated.

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  • Paul Rogerson64 Braunston-in-RutlandUnited Kingdom

    To be robbed of crossing the finish line was tough to take, but paled into insignificance when it became clear what had happened and how many people had been hurt.

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  • Karen Carr26 Somerville

    It’s a terrible way to remember my first marathon but seeing how everyone quickly jumped to help one another is what truly matters.

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  • Emily Huff40 SeattleWash.

    I turned 40 a month ago and had the goal of running in the Boston marathon to celebrate this milestone. Last year (April 2012), I ran in the Knoxville marathon to try to qualify. My dear friend in Tennessee, Kim…

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  • Joy Olaes Surprenant41 Brighton

    I tried my hardest to make my soon see what I know and believe to be true—there is more good than bad, more light than dark, more positive than negative in the world.

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  • Melanie Powers33 FranklinMass.

    The first thought in my mind was I just lost my dad, I can’t lose my family. My family was safe—but they were about 150 feet from the blast.

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  • Mark Gornstein68 Lake WorthFla.

    As we headed toward the corner of Boylston Street on Hereford, we heard the first explosion. The ground trembled under our feet and the noise was deafening.

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  • Dane Rauschenberg36 PortlandOre.

    I have often said I don’t like to repeat races too often simply because there are so many other races in the world to enjoy. Well, I have a feeling I will be there next year.

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  • Dave Emilio45 TorontoON - Canada

    Initially, we thought of staying away from big city marathons but by the end of the day, we knew we now have a new reason to come back. To run for Boston, for the people, the city, the race itself, and for us.

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  • Colleen Huml25 WheatonIll.

    Numerous times during the marathon, I would hear from someone nearby, “Go Colleen, you’re almost there!” or “Yea, Colleen! You can do it!” These people didn’t know me, yet they supported me anyway.

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  • Sarah Viesca27 El PasoTexas

    I will run 26.2 miles in honor of Boston, in honor of those that lost their lives and those that saved some. I will enjoy every moment of training and cherish it because life really can change at an instant.

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  • Michelle Xia20 Boston

    Everyone around us, including us, were confused at first … until we heard the second explosion. It was absolute chaos; no one knew where to run—where would be safe.

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  • Christopher Smith30 ProvidenceR.I.

    The city bounced back, I will bounce back. Boston Strong is my motivation.

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  • Lori Mitchener36 North ReadingMass.

    On Tuesday morning, I put my Boston marathon shirt on. I put my bib on, and I ran another 10K with the American flag from the flagpole on the side of my house.

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  • Robert Coronado47 AuburnWash.

    When I heard what happened at the marathon, my heart sank for the city, the injured, the survivors, and the race.

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  • Dennis Lebman50 SaugusCalif.

    I just couldn’t believe how my perfect dream weekend came to such a horrible end to so many innocent people.

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  • Kate Plourd28 Boston

    I was in a medical tent being treated for dehydration when we heard the explosion. Shortly there after they announced the explosion had resulted in casualties and that medical staff should prepare to treat serious injuries from the victims. Thankful…

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  • Danielle Schneider27 South End

    We got into the car and were able to cross Mass Ave. It was still open at that point. It was like an exodus out of the city. We were the only car on the road. It was so creepy.

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  • Tracy Carracedo42 WindhamN.H.

    People were offering their phones, they were offering drinks, offering for people to go inside. It was very heartwarming.

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  • Danny Corning19 WethersfieldConn.

    I walked back toward the finish line when heard the boom and saw the smoke rising. Then I saw the smoke rising from the second one. It was total chaos.

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  • Greg Soutiea29 Brighton

    The very first thing that I did when I woke up on the morning after the 2013 Boston Marathon was cry. I’m not exactly sure why, but I was just overcome with sadness from everything, and I guess it finally…

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  • Dan Corrigan28 MedfordMass.

    My mother was at the finish line, right next to the first explosion. She’s all right. She’s a little shaken by everything.

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  • Paula Smart39 ReadingMass.

    April 15, 2013 was supposed to be a day I celebrated my third marathon (second Boston), my impending 40th birthday, and the fact that I had twins a year ago, but all of that changed at 2:50 p.m.

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  • Will DiTullio32 Charlestown

    Fortunately, for my sake, I began cramping or I may have been on Boylston Street at the time of the blasts.

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  • Alexandria Hubbard24 Brighton

    I ran for my friend Dena, who was 29 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I feel like I failed by not finishing for her.

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  • Meghan Kezer25 Coolidge Corner

    It was so eerie, because as we were running, people were still clapping—but usually when you go through Kenmore, it’s insane because everyone is usually screaming and yelling.

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  • Brittany Williams25 Boston

    People were coming out of their homes with trash bags, and covering us in trash bags. A guy was bringing out waters, and a guy bought me a huge water. It was incredible—people were so helpful.

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  • Shannon Flaherty26 South Boston

    I would definitely do it again—it’s not going to stop me from ever doing it again.

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  • Renee Tabor34 PembrokeMass.

    Observing the reaction of the hundreds of heartbroken and concerned runners will never leave my memory. It was such an abrupt ending for so many of us.

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