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Somewhere in Boston is marathon bib #18076, the one Karen Hyde was supposed to pin on for Monday’s race.
Karen and her husband Tony decided not to travel because their daughter is due to have her first child soon. “It wasn’t the best timing for us but if someone would’ve called me on Friday telling me that they had a room or space in a hotel room available as a last minute decision, I probably would’ve gone.”
As she watched horrific images from the finish line in her living room there’s sadness where a runner’s high should be. “I just feel sad for the victims and their families and the people of Boston.”
The people of Boston, fantastic race-day hosts, have a special place in her heart.
“The crowd support is like no other race I’ve ever run, last year I ran Boston and it was 88,90 degrees, not ideal temperature for running a marathon, and the people of Boston just made sure we got through it as best we could.”
Proudly showing the jacket and medals she earned crossing the finish line in 2012 she can still remember the joy of the final push through downtown Boston, that’s now forever changed.
“Last couple miles, you’re ready to celebrate. You’re ready to rejoice that you’ve run a good race and accomplished something and the last 2 miles you just enjoy it. Enjoy the crowd and finish as strong as you can.”