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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.

  • 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 […]

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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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