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The Carnival of Running #68 – Boston Marathon Edition

Posted Apr 22 2010 6:00am

Welcome to the 68th edition of The Carnival of Running!

Since I know many of you missed it, here’s the exciting finish to the women’s race at the Boston Marathon:

The Boston Globe ran a feature on marathoner and executive chef Gregory Griffie , who designs a special pre-race dinner menu for marathoners at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, but I was more impressed with the idea of an oatmeal buffet the morning of the race.

BU Today picked a more unusual topic: bandits . But since there are those who DNS , I guess it evens out.

The Wellesley coeds set up a Facebook page for people to ask for customized signs . And the Wellesley Townsman interviewed the women behind the signs .

Among the finishers were a Red Sox wife, three Patriot sisters and a Celtic mom , plus a pair of bananas, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and “ a woman running barefoot in a leopard-print body suit .” But the one who provided the best advice afterward is our own Marathon Mama , who wrote, “A marathon is not just an act of being self-assured or any cocky schmuck could run one.”

A marathon is painful for every runner, but 64-year-old Carleton Smith went into cardiac arrest at mile 25. By the best of luck, he passed out in front of a group of health care professionals, who cared for him until the EMTs revived him. He’s doing well now, but says his marathon days are through .

The race is over, but the $123 million economic impact for the city of Boston lives on. Of course, even that isn’t enough to satisfy this sourpuss .

Old Dude of the Week goes to Gerry Myers , who qualified for Boston at age 55 on his 18th attempt.

This week’s linky love goes out to For the Long Run and 21 Days , the latter featuring a race report from the Mordor Half Marathon .

That’s all for this week, friends. Today is Earth Day, but I’m just marking time until Saturn’s Day . Submit your posts to carnival@runningisfunny.com. Until next time, run away!


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