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Stories from Boston Marathon runners and spectators

Photo by Brad SpiegelThere were undoubtedly scores of IHRSA staff, IHRSA members and those related to them that either ran the Boston Marathon on Monday or lined the streets to cheer.

Like everyone else, they had different reasons to take on the grueling, 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston, crossing six other communities in between, as a runner, or spend the day yelling for mostly strangers.

We welcome submissions from IHRSA members, members of IHRSA clubs, and anyone else associated with them, who ran or was one of millions of spectators along the route. E-mail them to with a photo (if possible).

The following are their reasons, in their words, why they ran and what it means to them. Check back as we expect to add more as submissions come in.

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