New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
1.5 raHkxi) were me frtnBWhc Ah ever Car Ae 10OA ranmag. I felt I ms truly a part af something his-tone. Aud riAnagh my wife and mr md unrig dids't see me during the race (they were wrecking from mDe 16 sad only remember of “se* of humanity” bobbing by). Acy too were caqgfa ap to Ae traction and agrafi-cHoe af Ae event The other namer? from Coms] County were equally
made art appearance despite aster- r* %* fj jf ll H I “I didn't even get tired of the race.
once? otherwise) J I *% Km jM Wk I I Adn’t wish it to end Ae other
Brede Greeks w still victorious rn . I ^ .I liLll’H If J races. I felt buoyed by it all” Patterson
and white Act celebrated and phm- -M lf \ ’ W I fPS Bf?' V? 1|SP1 said. The crowds are wha made it
dared die frenum Anay, Phadippiaet r „JL * ? Sr far me They were so naedMy sup-
was the bicky sad selected to rur from / ..a* ^ I portive. They are so proud of their
the battlefield, rn the plain of am * ^ I mwAu — it’s different than any
Mendham* Ahem id relay ne** cf -Ptetemw5ofe« oAer wantons) And Aey’re excited
the victory. Sporing Mr Mahare* madritens from Boston are (from toft) Dr. Mteh far you. k was such m honor to nm.”
Tossing aside his shield and armor. Arena, Dannto Holman, Doug Louuduy, MorodMh PAtoruan and BB Holden agreed. was probably ane
Phadspptdes set aff and ram the 40 Holden (not factored— Karumn Wtaon and Bart WhMhvf. af Ae farts of my hfa. I tho*
kilometers (nearly 25 males). arriving has a holiday far Jan about every can- Whik it is fast sri much afd is down- the neat thing was the spectators rn the city breathless. He appeared ccavabtc occaaaon (Ae occasions are hiH it abo has a series of tofts—Ae scnaaaa^ Hoe crazy. That helped me
before the elders there, exclaimed usually Revoiahnnwy War rrilatnrf). Newton Hills — that nmst be con- ran Ae first eight miles — I felt like I
"Rejoice, vee conquer!", aud then The race also traditionally begins at quered re a tndy cksperat tin* to Ae was flying. I was givii^ hgb-fives to
dropped dead. noon, h odd Ane far a race. consider- taoe. Hie first of Ae faar hA Ibis Ae al af Ae kids, too?”
ng ft wans April afreooan can be dead- runner at about node 16, when yoa’ie For Flame, topping Boston wffl be
I can rehrie to AaL }y to Ae long dtoaaoe namer. rraDy starting to fad Ae bum. After tough.
Not Ac “R^cace, me compar tot Getting raadf two more hrts. the adamnus “Heart- “h was the togtoigto of my running
—Ae dropping dead pact Bat Ais year, warm weather was break HilT has to be riarhnri — Aal emeer—to be a part of the 100th nn-
You see, I was one of Ae 40,000- not a concern. Batoon had received 14 strikes you at abet* the 20 mde amrit, ni^ It was a lot like running in a
ptos arenas to trite pm April 15 re Ae inches of mow just tot days before the NonaaBy, 20 miles is where nrenrn parade."
100A naaang of Ae BAA. “Beatae” nee, and then ram and cold tempera- can hit what is known as The Waft.” It The organization and support of the
MaraAon, Ae world’s alden and most lures persisted until the night before is an extreme feeling of fatigue and race volunteers struck a chord with
prestigious mmrihna And with me Ae event. Then a miracle happened discomfort that comes when glycogen Hobnail. “You hear about the Boston
from New Banriris and Conto Coon- —Ae clouds parted that Monday suppbes rn your muscles are depleted, people beng rude, but it put to rest
ty were ax oAer comprint*: people— morning of the race, the sun shone Pheidippides Int The WaB” to a big that cbdri. I don't know of any race
McrahA PaWnran. Bill Holden, Dr. (temperatures stayed to Ae 40s and way .Anyhow, for “Heartbreak HOT where Ae volunteers were as friendly
Mach Fame Deans Hohnan, Kar- 50s) md the I OOfhrurnng was blessed lobe located at that point in Ae course as tint ane. Overall, it was, without a
men Wilson and Bert Whitaker—all with near-perfect marathon weather is a crud joke, and many races have doubt, Ae greatest running event I've
of whom can now boast of funning I along with marry of the mimers, been won and Ion there. After "Heart- ever hem involved with.*'
the T00A Bornan.” began Ae day in Boston Common, break” the course is downhill most of Wilson unpeeled Ae 100th Boston
lf we teem a ba snug, Ate's because where raoe officials had procured more the way into Boston, where runners Marathon would be special, and that's
Ais was a very aecial race. It eras «*w» OOO buses to transport runners to finish on Boylston Si it’s a famous why she ran. “When I first starting
hyped by Ae BAA. (Bouton AAiehc Ae starting line m Hopkinton, Ae ira- course and loved and hated by loaners running marathons a couple of years
Association), Runner's World anga- dtoonal startmg point west of Boston, around Ae globe. ago (she’s nm nine), it (running the
zareandotherpriAcJtionsfor Ae bat We left Boston Common early md Uh tams 100A) was something I wanted to do.
two years, and lunnm from across Ae arrived, with tens of thousands of adv But the Boston Marathon may be And it was unbelievable.''
country and Ae world vowed to qual- cr runners md volunteers, nearly three best known for its fans, who Ais year Boston was my fouiA marathon —
ify for and ma Ae even hows before Ae suet Officials steered lined the route from Hopkinton, Ae fewest among those from this area
It was truly rn international field, (that s what we feh like — steer*) into through Framingham and Natick, to —but it too may be my favorite for a
too. Of the 40,000 or so official an “Athlete’s Village” (definition — Wellesley, Newton and into Boston, fang tune to come. Although we all
entrants (there were aa estimated holding tank) where we fought far a They cheered for the elite runners nm for pleasure and not for personal
lOjOOO‘Aandto”—namers who jump (fry patch of ground to sit on and rest (Kenya's Moses Tantn was Ae men’s records (too many runners on the
jato Ae race from Ae ridrltots—Aal before Ae race began. While a tale winner, and Germany’s Uta Piping course! X k still will be hard to find a
took pattX lOjOOO or so were from oA- rimrtmphntac, mon runners survived won her third straight laurel wreath), race as full of meaning, excitement
er countries. Ae village unscathed and were led the wheelchair athletes, and even the and history as the 100th Boston.
The race imrif is held mrairily on uncured to Ae stere middle-of-Ae-pack runners like me. “I still thmk about it a lot,” Patterson
Rtofof*thy, ahirh marthahcifoy to Tim cowrie And from what I ve been told, the and.
Mmmdaate Ai,ualy, hfraanchnscBs The Boston course itself is tricky, spectators (which were estimated at So do I._
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