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.

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    Lindsay LaMorre34 TorontoON - Canada

    I am fortunate enough to get a second chance in 2014 to revisit this question of “why?”

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    Robyn Dodge29 AustinTexas

    It was difficult for me to leave Boston. I felt like I was leaving an old friend when the friend was in pain. I arrived at the airport, wearing my medal and jacket.

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    Debi Caprio50 Rockland

    I then heard a second explosion, and that is when I realized that this is how my life is going to end. I blessed myself and said, “Please God, let my children be okay.”

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    Kimberly Bertomen38 AstoriaNew York

    Monday, April 15th had been going well, better than a standard Monday. I was feeling the positive effects of completing a half marathon in Central Park the day before, especially because I finished eight-minutes faster than a half three months prior.

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    Stephanie Isabel29 Medford

    I began the day by watching the marathon sporadically on tv, from my apartment in Medford. Once I caught the first people crossing over the finish line, I felt I had got my marathon “fix”, and decided to enjoy the rest of my day off. When the bombing happened that afternoon, I was somewhere I thought I’d never be: the driving range.

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    Rhonda Trust36 BrooklineMa

    The week was tough for me, but not anywhere as tough as for the families of the deceased, the amputated, and the injured.

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    Kathy Slowey48 Hanover

    Finally, at 48, this was my year. Running for Children’s Hospital, I trained hard. The day was filled with excitement. The fans were amazing, but the course was tough, and I struggled. At Kenmore Square, I could sense the finish line.

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    Natalie Bowen21 Duxbury

    Running alongside my friend Allie, as the two of us ran through our beloved school, BC, was one of the happiest moments of my life, and I will never lose that feeling.

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    Rosa M. Evora45 Brockton

    “I WILL RUN THE BOSTON MARATHON AGAIN.”

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    Josh ‘Boston Blind Runner’ Crary27 Brighton

    I set out in 2011 to train and prepare for the 2012 Boston Marathon. I felt it would be my way to serve as a role model for other folks with disabilities, especially children who are visually impaired.

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    Rob Sutfin33 Brighton

    I couldn’t quite process it: why are they going away from the scene? Shouldn’t they be going the other way? And someone said they are taking the injured people to the hospital.

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  • Ali Baldassare
    Ali Baldassare28 North End

    Initially I did feel bad. I felt terrible. I felt like the day was taken away, it was stolen.

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  • Anne Giovanoni
    Anne Giovanoni

    The volume of sirens was just incredible. You’re trying to put it together. You’re so close, you can’t quite comprehend it.

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    Skye Bobbitt Johnson37 Neptune BeachFla. - USA

    I saw a girl walking, and it looked like she was in shock. She was sobbing but not crying, just shaking. “I saw everything,” she said. I asked, “Are you all right? You’re covered in blood.” She said, “It’s not my blood.”

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  • Chris Marshall
    Chris Marshall

    In Brookline, everything was shut down. There was this eerie, sickening feeling. Where do the survivors go?

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  • James Hughes
    James Hughes42 BrocktonMass.

    I’m still all in. I’m all in this for next year. I’m all in for Boston still, that’s what I say.

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  • Kelsey Perkins
    Kelsey Perkins21 BarringtonR.I.

    The goal is no longer crossing that finish line; it becomes finding everybody and knowing that everybody’s safe.

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  • Lauren DeFranzo
    Lauren DeFranzo32 South Boston

    When I finally met up with my parents, the first thing they said was, you’re not running next year. So, I haven’t told them yet. Chances are I will run in 2014.

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  • Marissa DiGirolamo
    Marissa DiGirolamo Chestnut Hill

    The bombings definitely won’t deter me from running again. If anything, they will make me more inclined to do what I love to do.

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  • Mollie Foley
    Mollie Foley Chestnut Hill

    I heard the bombs and thought they were canons, something celebratory for the end of the race. All of a sudden the police made a barrier, and said “You need to stop, turn around, get as far away as possible.”

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    Jeb Thomas21 Chestnut Hill

    I heard the breaking news on the radio in the cab. We saw cars and police speeding down the highway. There was so much chaos.

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    Jen Salucci31 Allston

    I just saw fire and debris come out and—the picture of the explosion that everyone is showing on the news, the front headlines of everything—I’m in that photo. That’s me in the green shirt.

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  • Nicole Rand
    Nicole Rand38 Wellesley

    You just don’t how to feel. We never thought this would happen in our city. But it did. And now we have to go on from here.

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    John Lee22 Chestnut Hill

    It’s weird that something so tragic and big was so personal to all of us. It’s crazy to know just how many people out there actually care about you.

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  • Susan Moore
    Susan Moore Boston

    I always just wonder, what if I hugged my mom for another 20 seconds, where would I have been? If I run faster, if I run slower. But what if doesn’t really help at all.

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  • Michael Granatelli
    Michael Granatelli19 Chestnut Hill

    I was running down Hereford Street when I heard the explosions go off. I was 0.36 miles away from the finish line, where my mother, who had traveled from New Jersey to cheer me on, was waiting.

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  • Kristin Feeney
    Kristin Feeney23 Brighton

    I had actually already been crying for the last two miles that I’d been running because my shoes had been really bothering me, so I was already very emotional.

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  • Caroline Foz
    Caroline Foz19 BrickNJ

    Minutes later, we could smell smoke. Courtney’s phone started ringing. It was her dad. She heard the word “bombs” and then her dad got cut off.

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  • Sean Cremins
    Sean Cremins20 Chestnut Hill

    What I do know is I was going to finish that marathon. What I do know is my father and cousin were waiting for me at the finish line. What I do know is when I found out it happened, I didn’t want to believe it happened.

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  • Kevin Meehan
    Kevin Meehan33 Quincy

    I’m still mentally fucked. Just knowing that my friends were there for me and if anything happened to them, the guilt that I would probably have right now.

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