John Habib's City Sports: Boston memories linger for marathoners
Pariseau-Telge said her son wanted to talk about all the pictures he saw that day of8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last year’s attack.
“This year, there was a different feel right from the start,” said Craig. “Law-enforcement officials were everywhere, walking through the Athletes’ Village, stationed on top of buildings, patrolling the route, even hovering in helicopters. All of the added security was understandable and necessary. It didn’t take away from the experience of running Boston, but it was a constant reminder of what happened last year.”
“Over 36,000 runners and volunteers became completely silent for one minute,” she said. “As my eyes teared up, it was another reminder that there was more to this race than getting a personal-best time.”
“The entire day was filled with camaraderie. There were constant reminders of resilience, perseverance and determination,” she said. “I saw a guide running with a woman, and her shirt said ‘stroke survivor.’ I saw Dick Hoyt pushing his 52-year year old son, Rick, for the last time. I saw runners who had a picture of 8-year-old Martin Richard on their shirt. And this year, more than ever before, I noticed runners with prosthetic running blades. It was very emotional.”
“Typically as I enter the last mile of Boston, I have a great sense of gratitude that I’m able to complete this race, and this year, it was even more so,” she said. “I got choked up as I passed the fire station on the corner of Hereford and Boylston, then on to Boylston and running past where the bombs had gone off last year. The crowd didn’t allow us to lose it, though. There were 10 people deep on each side of the street. They kept me moving forward, even as I was overcome with emotions. The final stretch was amazing.
Craig’s husband, attorney Michael Craig, 46, was the seventh Manchester finisher, in 3:11:29, and Pariseau-Telge, 47, was about eight minutes behind Joyce, in 3:50:15.
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DEFENDING NHIAA Division I javelin champion Dominique Pascoal of Manchester High Central is expected to be among the top throwers in the state again this season. As a junior last year, she won the division title with a heave of 122 feet, 4 inches and placed third in the NHIAA Meet of Champions at 121-9. She qualified for the New England Interscholastic Championships, in which she placed ninth with another 121-9.
“We’ve had a rash of injuries early on,” Bechard said. ”We’ve lost six sprinters to injuries alone on the girls’ side. Next week our school is on vacation, and the time off will definitely help us heal.”
LAST WEEK we reported Don Pinard, chief of Parks and Recreation, said there will no longer be a $1,000 surcharge to the city for turning the lights on before 8 p.m. at Gill Stadium. Jane Clayton, athletics director at Manchester Central, said her school has taken advantage of the good news by scheduling three 7 p.m. games at Gill in May: against city rival Memorial on May 9, against Merrimack on May 23, and against Bedford on May 30.
Clayton said her school doesn’t schedule home night games in April.
“It’s just too cold in April,” she said.