Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson planned to run the 2019 Boston Marathon along with her husband, Washington Redskins long snapper Andrew East. The duo have excelled in sports that require short bursts of speed rather than long, sustained cardiovascular activity, but both were confident they were up to the task of running 26.2 miles as part of the ClifBar Boston Marathon team. Come Monday, however, only East will be running, with Johnson cheering on the sidelines. Fortunately, Johnson’s absence is for a very happy reason — the couple announced on April 4 that they are expecting a child. Johnson chatted with Boston.com about impending motherhood, how marathon training compared to her Olympics training, and why she has been so open about her past experience with a miscarriage. Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length. First off, congratulations to you and Andrew on your pregnancy. How excited are you?SJ: We’re really excited. … [Read more...] about Shawn Johnson planned to run the 2019 Boston Marathon, but can’t. It’s for a good reason.
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Kerri McGrath was running near Castle Island in September when the wave of emotion hit her. It was her first time running since her son, Colin, was killed when two cars collided in the street. One of the vehicles jumped the curb and crashed into the stroller carrying the almost 3-year-old. McGrath’s 4-year-old daughter, Sloane, was also injured but survived. “In those first days when we were home from the hospital and trying to get through the day with the fog that was hanging over us — your whole body just feels like stone,” McGrath told Boston.com. “You just can’t even move.” But her husband, Brendan, had pushed the family to go for a walk and get out of their South Boston home every day. She said there were days when it felt impossible, but eventually she found herself going for walks on her own for miles. She started to feel like maybe she had some energy. She tried taking a workout class. “My heart rate went up, and as it did I got … [Read more...] about Running helped Kerri McGrath cope in her grief. Now she’s running the Boston Marathon to build her son’s legacy.
When Marko Cheseto lines up in Hopkinton for the start of the Boston Marathon next week, he will already be looking past the finish line, 26.2 miles away. It’s next year, when organizers will christen three new para athlete divisions, that he will have a chance to claim something he covets even more than a new personal best: a full-fledged Boston Marathon victory, and the possibility of climbing the podium on his two prosthetic legs just steps away from the spot where so many lost their limbs in the 2013 finish line attacks. “I want those who were injured through that to know that we are here with them,” said Cheseto, an All-American distance runner at Alaska-Anchorage who lost both feet to frostbite after he was stranded in a blizzard for 56 hours. “We, as human beings, are very resilient; we have a lot of good people out there; we can show our solidarity out there,” said Cheseto, a native Kenyan who became a U.S. citizen in November — seven years … [Read more...] about Boston Marathon to add para athlete divisions in 2020
David Ortiz has the build of a baseball slugger and chronic foot issues, but the former Red Sox star still thinks he might have been able to run a marathon at his athletic peak. “When I was younger, I used to run long distance because I used to worry so much about being able to get through all my training,” Ortiz told Boston.com. “I think I could have done it, like, 20 years ago.” For the fourth straight year, the David Ortiz Children’s Fund (DOCF) is sponsoring a team of runners in the Boston Marathon, with the goal this year of raising $150,000 for children in the Dominican Republic and New England who need critical cardiac care and cannot afford it. Ortiz and the team are raising money through a variety of methods, including a memorabilia auction, merchandise sales, and a contest to attend Red Sox opening day and the team’s World Series ring ceremony with Ortiz, powered by fundraising platform Omaze. While Ortiz will be in the … [Read more...] about David Ortiz reveals which former teammate he thinks could run the Boston Marathon
By Nate RaymondBOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday asked an appellate court to overturn his conviction and death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.gi Lawyers for Tsarnaev, 25, argued in a brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that a lower-court judge's refusal to move the case to another city not traumatized by the bombings deprived him of a fair trial. Lawyers for Tsarnaev acknowledged that their client along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carried out the attack. But they argued that wall-to-wall media coverage of the bombings meant that nearly the entire jury pool was exposed to news about the attacks, which included "heart-wrenching stories about the homicide victims, the wounded and their families.""The pre-trial publicity was damning: the more a prospective juror had seen, the more likely she was to believe that … [Read more...] about Boston Marathon bomber appeals conviction, death sentence