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The Czech Locomotive, Emil Zatopek, 3 time gold medalist in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki once said “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”

The qualifying times of the Boston Marathon call us to experience a different life.  It is not so important that we can meet the standards and run a BQ; it’s the whole idea that there is this threshold for excellence out there: a target by which we can measure our own performance.

I stand by the belief that anyone who runs and finishes a marathon, no matter what their time, has demonstrated an ability that marks them as athletically gifted within the human race.  This is not to denigrate the importance or accomplishment of running or walking shorter distances such as a 5 or 10K road race; but in a world where only point one of one percent of our species has ever run an organized and official marathon road race to completion: the accomplishment deserves acknowledgement and admiration.

But if you’ve qualified to run the Boston Marathon, you are a step above we mere mortals.  You have proven that you are worthy of standing at a starting line in a town called Hopkinton to run with runners of similar abilities towards a finish line in downtown Boston marking your name for all time in the official races record book as one who set a BQ, a Boston Qualifying time: and that is an honor you must cherish for all your life.

Show Links:

http://www.randywhitedj.com/

http://www.bostonmarathon.com/BostonMarathon/114thMarathon.asp

 Boston and St. John’s” by Great Big Sea  http://www.greatbigsea.com

Direct download: Fdip231.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Fdip230: Boston and the 2010 State of the Course In this episode of The Goofy Little Podcast, I run the first 18 miles of the Boston Marathon course and I’ll let you know if there’s anything new to look for on the road before you arrive to run this thing.

If you’ve traveled from afar, you might want to find other things to do with your time in Boston besides driving out to the suburbs to check out the course.  That’s where this episode comes in, as I’ll do my best to describe what I’m seeing: and what you’ll see as you run the Boston Marathon.

I’ll also give you some recommendations for things to do while you’re in Beantown, and finish with some history about the spot where we begin our run towards Boston: the starting line of the 114th Boston Marathon.

Show Links:

http://www.thefreedomtrail.org

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com

http://www.mbta.com

Call (617) 368-5080 for more information about the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery tour:

http://www.samueladams.com/contact_tour.aspx

http://www.cheersboston.com

http://www.harvardsquare.com

http://www.johnharvards.com

http://www.newbury-st.com

http://www.jfklibrary.org

http://www.northendboston.com

http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/bunkerhill.asp

http://www.bostonducktours.com

http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

http://www.billrodgersrunningcenter.com/

 The song “Charlie on the M.T.A.” was performed by The Barleycorn from Ireland off their album “A Song for Ireland” released in 1995 by digitalpressure/The Dolphin Group.

Direct download: Fdip230.mp3
Category:Boston Marathon -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fdip229: Running Legend Tarzan Brown Tarzan Brown was an amazing athlete who lived a hard, impoverished life but faced the world with dignity and strength.  There are so many legendary and half-true mysteries about the man and his career as a runner that his many accomplishments might seem less interesting: but above all know this: that Tarzan Brown was a free spirit, a man who loved to run and his very life honored his brave tribal ancestors; the Narragansett people, one of the leading tribes of New England with a culture that has existed for thirty thousand years.

His Algonquian name was Attuck-Quock-Wussete which means “Deerfoot”; he is a legend in our sport and one of the many reasons why the Boston Marathon is the greatest of all Marathons.

Show Links:

“Indian On The Mountain” by Red-Hawk  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redhawkcountry


Direct download: Fdip229.mp3
Category:Legend -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

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