News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Cleveland Marathon runners are still thinking of Boston
The first major race since last month's bombing includes big crowds, higher security and a strong consciousness of what happened a month ago.
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Rob Maurer and son, Drew, had a long car ride back after the Boston Marathon, discussing the events unfolding after the finish-line bombing
Courtesy of K. Bhatia
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
The 36th running of the Cleveland Marathon went off without a hitch, but many runners were still thinking back to the Boston Marathon bombings of a month ago. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Cleveland Marathon runners are still thinking of Boston

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:10)


Tightened security – including police dogs and more uniformed officers -- greeted about 22,000 participants, plus 26.2 miles of streets lined with supporters Sunday. And many of the runners, like 58-year-old James “Spudd” Sasak of Cleveland, carried Boston in their hearts. Despite recent knee surgery, he was determined to complete a half-marathon.
“The hell they went through is just unimaginable. The small boy who was killed is the son of one our fraternity brothers. It was very important for me today to come out and show my love for Boston.”

Back in Boston
On Sunday, April 14, the City of Boston was hosting thousands of people in town for the next day’s marathon. Rob Maurer of New Philadelphia was there, participating for the seventh time.

“It’s a state holiday where everybody gets the day off. The Red Sox are playing at home and the Celtics are usually in the playoffs and the marathon is going on. And I think they’re probably celebrating spring.” 

Maurer lost one of his running gloves at Sunday’s Red Sox game, and had to run to CVS that night to get a replacement – the same CVS outside of which two bombs would go off the next afternoon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. By the time that happened, Maurer had finished and returned to his hotel room.

“I get a text from someone asking ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘I’m fine. Nothing different than any other marathon I’ve run. A little sore.’”

A few more texts and he found out what had actually happened just two blocks away. Listening to radio coverage during the long drive back to New Philadelphia, he also had plenty of time to explain to his 10-year-old son what had happened.

“’Dad, what’s a terrorist?’ I tried to explain, ‘It’s not a nice person.’ ‘Dad, why would anyone want to hurt someone?’ So I had a lot of tough questions from him. But I’m so glad I was in the car with him so he could ask.”

Race morning
On Cleveland’s race morning yesterday, the memories of Boston were still with Maurer as he started his fourth running of the marathon.

“The first mile’s up over a bridge, and the second mile’s downhill. And once I got going, it became more about the race until the end, when I saw the 26-mile marker.” 

Then, he said, Boston came back to him.

Other runners, like Marisa Gagliardi, went specifically because of Boston. She was on the “Walk for Boston” team.

“We were very touched by what happened in Boston, and we definitely wanted to show our support for all the victims out there.”

New interest
That support has led to a surge of new interest in the 117-year-old event, according to Rob Maurer.

“Runners are a different breed anyway – it’s just going to fire up more runners. I just saw on the news that the number-one Google search is ‘How to qualify for Boston.’ My guess is it’s going to be much tougher to get in.”

Boston Marathon officials have already announced that anyone who did not complete the race this year will automatically qualify next year. And Cleveland Marathon organizers say executives from races around the country will probably meet this summer to look at the security needs of marathons in the future.

The Kenyans who won this year’s Cleveland race are Philemon Terer, Sarah Kiptoo.
(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

What's it take to take control of cancer?
In the case of bowel/colorectal cancer, the surest method of prevention is to have a colonoscopy, during which pre-cancerous "polyps" are removed - https://t.co...

Western Stark Free Clinic is set to close but to continue its role
WHAT OTHER DENTAL CLINICS AND MEDICAL CLINICS ARE IN THE CANTON AND MASSILLON, OHIO AREAS?

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University