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    BOSTON (CBS) – From Hopkinton to Boston icy sidewalks and tall snow banks do not throw Boston Marathon runners off course.

    “You have to watch out for the ice because a lot of people did not clear it,” runner Bronwen Price Dierksen said.

    Chris Johnson is training for his 7th Boston Marathon.

    “I fell yesterday on some black ice under the fresh snow,” Johnson said.

    Last year New England hardly received any snow. This year Boston is covered in more than 24 inches of fresh packed snow.

    “This year training is a lot different and a lot of icy mornings too,” Johnson said.

    On Monday, runners in Wellesley were caught between a snow bank and busy traffic.

    “True New Englanders always prepare in some of the best and worse training conditions. It’s all a part of the Boston Marathon experience,” runner and trainer Patrick Joyce said.

    Joyce says in these snowy conditions runners need to train defensively.

    “You don’t want to injure yourself by slipping on the ice so you really got to be careful where you are stepping. And you always want to run against the traffic so you can see what’s coming at you,” Joyce said.

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    BOSTON (CBS) – A smile spreads across Lt. Colonel Rodney Freeman’s face as images of Shadow Marathons flash across a screen.

    “I didn’t realize how big this event had gotten,” he said.

    Freeman started the Shadow Race when he was stationed in Iraq in 2005.

    “I was training to qualify for runs in Boston in 2005. My unit got called and we went to Iraq and that was the end of my chance of running,” he explained.

    With that goal seemingly on hold, Freeman decided to run the race in Iraq. He enlisted a few buddies to run around the base with him.

    That’s when he emailed the people at Boston Athletic Association. They encouraged him to find more runners.

    “It became this great event that ballooned from three or four of us to 350 people running.”

    The B.A.A. sent supplies like t-shirts, medals and certificates for the first Boston Marathon Shadow Race.

    The event got so big, Freeman didn’t get to run because he was too busy organizing.

    The day before the race there was a sandstorm. At the starting line it was 60 degrees but by the time it was over, it was 130 degrees.

    But what started as one man’s dream – wound up fulfilling hundreds of others.

    Since then, more than 3,000 men and women have received Boston Marathon medals in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Thursday night as Marathon weekend kicked off, Freeman was honored with the Patriot Award, a title he’d earned with his service but now lives on with his legacy.

    “What I found after the race, was people would say that was great because I got to share a positive with my family back home,” he said.

    Freeman finally got to finish the Boston Marathon by crossing the finish line on Boylston Street in 2006. He said it was a pinnacle moment in his life.

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  • 04/28/13--21:01: VIDEO: Lenox Walking Club
  • Meet the employees of the Lenox Hotel Walking Club and learn how your workplace can join!

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    Helpful advice on how to walk smart.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    Join the club and walk around Boston! This music video will encourage you to get up and move.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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  • 04/28/13--21:04: Walking For Weight Loss
  • The chart below reflects the number of calories burned per 30 minutes of activity. Find your approximate weight on the chart, and then match your weight to how fast you typically walk. This will tell you how many calories you burn for every half-hour of walking.

    (Credit: Thinkstock)

    (Credit: Thinkstock)

    For example, if you weigh 165 lbs and walk at a rate of four miles per hour, you will burn 170 calories every 30 minutes that you walk.

    To lose one pound (by exercise only) you need to expend 3,500 calories. The goal for weight loss is .5 to 2 lbs a week; if you are losing more than 2 pounds a week, you are probably losing water weight. You could also be losing lean muscle mass, which slows down your metabolism. When your metabolism slows down, you burn fewer calories at rest.

    150lbs 200lbs 250lbs 300lbs
    2.0 mph 85 kcal 114 kcal 142 kcal 170 kcal
    3.0 mph 113 kcal 150 kcal 188 kcal 225 kcal
    3.5 mph 130 kcal 173 kcal 216 kcal 259 kcal
    4.0 mph 170 kcal 227 kcal 284 kcal 341 kcal
    4.5 mph 215 kcal 286 kcal 358 kcal 430 kcal
    5.0 mph 272 kcal 363 kcal 454 kcal 545 kcal


    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    Feeling a little down in the dumps? It turns out that a modest exercise program — even just taking regular walks — can improve your mood significantly.

    Photo Credit: ThinkStock

    Photo Credit: ThinkStock

    “There has been a lot of debate about whether exercise is helpful for mood and it turns out that it is,” says Dr. Michael C. Miller, member of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

    “In some ways, exercise at a certain level can actually be, for some people, the equivalent to taking an antidepressant,” he says. “The problem is that it is a lot easier to take an antidepressant than to go on a regular exercise program.”

    For that reason, Dr. Miller recommends people who want to boost their mood by exercising pick a program that is easy and enjoyable for them to do for an extended period of time. For many people, that is regular walks.

    “Don’t discourage yourself by trying to do more than you can do,” he says. “It’s not all or nothing. For the average sedentary person, even walking ten minutes a day is helpful. When it comes to mood improvements, anything you do counts. Those who have studied this have learned that it’s not how much you do, but how persistent you are. People begin to see benefits after two months of any kind of sustained activity.”

    Simple strategies may include parking a little farther away from your place of work than usual or walking up and down stairs instead of taking the elevator.

    Dr. Miller says the mood benefits of modest exercise such as walking are not the same as the “runner’s high” that comes with a release of endorphins following a rigorous workout. “Very few people actually achieve that,” he says, noting that this type of a mood boost is similar to the sense of well-being a person feels after taking a low dose of an opiate pain killer, like codeine or Percocet.

    The mood benefits of regular, modest exercise, including walking, are different. The effect is that the brain seems to function better on a variety of levels.

    For one thing, regular exercise increases blood and energy flow to the brain, improving mental acuity.

    A 1999 study of people over 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace increased their thinking skills. Subjects started at 15 minutes of walking and built up their time and speed. The result was that they were found to be mentally sharper after taking up the walking program.

    For another, genes in nerve cells that signal the production of proteins that promote nerve cell growth seem to work more efficiently with exercise.

    “The brain’s nerve cells are more robust, they branch out and make connections more easily, particularly those in the parts of the brain that grow when you take an antidepressant,” Dr. Miller says.

    “We don’t know exactly how this happens,” he concedes. “But from the evidence of images of the brain taken before and after exercise, there seems to be improvement in areas of the brain responsible for regulating mood.”

    Even a single exercise session can produce improvements. A study by University of Texas researchers had people with major depressive disorders either rest quietly or walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes and tested their mood afterwards. Both groups saw improvements in mood, but those who walked on the treadmill had more positive feelings of well-being and vigor. The study was published in the December 2005 issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

    But Dr. Miller warns that exercise may not be a realistic treatment for severe depression. For one thing, “it’s difficult to get motivated to do anything when you are that depressed,” he says. That’s why those who are severely depressed should talk to their doctor, he says. They may need to try antidepressants or talk therapy or both.

    “But in terms of general health, there is virtually no downside to exercise. It seems to make your brain work better,” he says. “It gives your brain needs with very few side effects.”

    Want to start an exercise routine? Try walking. Join the BIDMC Walking Club and get a cool wristband, tips, and a FREE pedometer app for your phone to get you started.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    When you’re in the shoe store trying to select a comfortable walking shoe, you may feel like you’re looking for the needle in the haystack. Leather, nylon and canvas… cross trainers or running shoes… where do you begin?

    (Photo credit: BIDMC)

    (Photo credit: BIDMC)

    How to choose a comfortable walking or jogging shoe is one of the questions Dr. John M. Giurini is asked most often by patients seeking foot and ankle care in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Division of Podiatry, which he heads.

    “When talking to patients about shoes, I rarely recommend specific brands because everyone’s foot is different. You want to pick the shoe that best fits your foot,” he says.

    But Dr. Giurini does recommend the following tips to help you select shoes that are right for you:

    Go with a tie shoe — A tie shoe is better than a sandal or slip on. It’s more secure than shoes with Velcro closures, though those shoes are fine for people who have difficulty tying laces or bending over. “Tie shoes keep the foot from sliding around. The laces add stability and support,”he says.

    Make sure the shoe fits — “Buying shoes too long and too big can be just as bad as buying them too small,” Dr. Giurini says. “Your foot can slide and your feet won’t have the right support.” How can you tell if the shoe is the right size? The end of the shoe should be one-half thumb’s width from the tip of the longest toe. “The longest toe is not necessarily the big toe,” he adds. Be sure you can move your toes freely in the toe box and that your toes are not too confined. Allow extra room for hammertoes or bunions. You don’t want to get blisters on your toes or cause trauma to a nail, such as a hematoma, or blood under a toenail.

    Have your feet measured every two to three years — “Just because you were a size 10 five years ago doesn’t mean you still are that size. Feet can shorten or widen over time,” he says. You might have to visit several stores before you find one where they measure your feet, but it will be worth the trip. In addition, have your feet measured in mid-afternoon or early evening. “Feet may swell and be larger later in the day and it may affect the size you buy.”

    Make sure the shoe is well constructed — Look for a rigid heel at the back of the shoe that will support the heel and control motion of the foot. Make sure the outer sole has a shock absorbent, non-skid surface so you don’t slip and fall. Most sneakers have this and you’ll need it for cushioning the foot when walking or running. Don’t confuse cost for quality. “You don’t have to spend $100 or more. You can get a good quality shoe for $40-50,” he says.

    Try shoes on with the right socks — If you are going to use the shoe for walking, try them on with a sock you typically wear for walking. You may want to try socks with extra padding in the heel or ball of the foot to provide more support and cushioning and reduce friction when you are walking or running. Look for a sock that does not absorb moisture, which can lead to athlete’s foot, but instead directs the moisture out of the sock, away from the foot. Dr. Giurini generally recommends white rather than colored socks because dyes can irritate skin or cause allergic reactions in patients with sensitive skin.

    Pick a sneaker to match your activity — For walking, pick a running shoe or a walking shoe. Running shoes are made of a combination of leather and nylon and are lightweight. They have spongy, soft soles and offer support for one-direction running. “For a racquet sport like tennis and basketball, choose a sturdier cross trainer shoe that provides more support for side-to-side action,” he advises. Cross trainers usually are made of leather and are heavier, offering more stability and support.

    If you have a wide or narrow foot, look for a brand that comes in different widths — Not many sneakers do, but at least one well-known local athletic shoe manufacturer makes sneakers in a variety of widths.

    Break new shoes in gradually — Begin by wearing them for short periods; don’t wear them all day. Check your feet for irritations.

    If you have diabetes, regularly inspect your feet. — People with diabetes can lack sensation or have poor circulation in their feet. They must take extra care to check their feet for blisters or sores requiring prompt attention.

    “If you follow these tips you will end up with a good quality walking shoe that you will be happy with,” Dr. Giurini says.

    To make an appointment with the foot and ankle experts in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Division of Podiatry, call (617) 632-8428.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    If you want to stay fit, lose weight or just feel better mentally, there’s an easy and inexpensive way to do it — go for a daily walk. But who walks more? And where do they walk?

    (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

    (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

    Several members of BIDMC’s Walking Club recently were asked to wear a pedometer supplied by BIDMC for one day to measure the number of steps they took, and were told to make it a typical day, with instructions not to try to walk any more than on any usual day.

    Richard Vellante, 49, executive chef and executive vice president of restaurants at Legal Sea Foods, logged 5,817 steps — or about two miles.

    “Walking is not only a necessity for my work, but it also provides me with an alternative means of travel from restaurant to restaurant,” he says. “Many times I choose to walk 15 minutes instead of drive. Fresh air and ‘down time’ help me recharge for a long work day.”

    DeShawn Jones, a 12-year-old from Dorchester, reported walking 22,160 steps on his day — more than 10 miles.

    “I arrived at school at about 6:50 a.m., and walked around the building a couple of times, before going inside and walking up and down the halls throughout my school day,” he says. “I played football at lunch, practiced basketball after school, and exercised on the treadmill for 45 minutes at night.”

    Kristi Cullinane, 36, of Rockland, a stay-at-home mom for three-year-old triplets, said she took 13,092 steps on her day. She says this included 60 minutes of Zumba, grocery shopping and household activities such as laundry, cooking and straightening up her home.

    “If I’m not doing something, that means I’m not being as productive as possible,” she says.

    Former Red Sox lefthander Bill Lee and his wife, Diana, reported that they each walked just over 15,000 steps on their day to wear the pedometers. This included going for a walk in the hills of Marin County, California, going to the market, the civic center and the library, as well as attending a high school baseball game.

    “There should be mandatory pedometer-wearing,” he says. “The competitive nature of mankind would encourage people to walk farther.”

    Walking on a regular basis is associated with numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, enhancing mental well being and lowering the risks of obesity, osteoporosis, breast cancer and diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

    “Walking is an easy way for people to start exercising,” says Dr. Joseph P. Kannam, cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Chief of Cardiology at BIDMC-Needham.

    “All you need is a pair of sneakers,” he says. “There are so many benefits.”

    Dr. Kannam stresses that the benefits are greatest when the walk is at a brisk pace that leaves the walker flushed or sweaty. “When you are walking briskly, you are going to expend more calories and you are going to get your heart rate going faster,” he says.

    He says people should walk briskly for 30 minutes five times a week.

    Including steps up hill — up stairs or hills or inclines — is even more beneficial, he says. “But we’re not saying that everyone has to walk up stairs,” he says. “Just get started on a walking program. And don’t use weather as an excuse.”

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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  • 04/28/13--21:09: Why Run When You Can Walk?
  • You’re out enjoying a nice, brisk walk. Your heart is pumping. Your muscles are feeling good. Then, you see people running past you. They are faster, their workout seems better. And you think: should I be running, too? But before you break into a run, here’s some interesting news.

    Photo Credit: Thinkstock

    Photo Credit: Thinkstock

    A new study published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology  found that walkers lowered their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes just as much as runners.

    Walking and running involve the same muscle groups and the same motions — though at different intensities — which could be the reason both forms of exercise improve health. So, if you are a walker and you expend the same amount of energy as a runner, you have pretty much the same benefits. The more one walks or runs, the greater their health benefits.

    This is great news because not everyone is a runner but almost everyone walks. Walking is easy to start and easy to stick to. You can walk at any age. You can walk when pregnant. You can walk without hurting your knees. You can walk with your dog. And best of all, you can walk if you hate to go to the gym and lift weights and work out on the tired old treadmills.

    “At the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, cardiologists routinely advise patients to walk for heart health,” says Joseph P. Kannam, MD, a CVI cardiologist in Boston and chief of cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham. “This is because studies have shown that walking has the highest stick-to-it rate of any form of fitness, while conferring similar cardiovascular benefits. Exercise is like the lottery – you can’t win if you don’t play.”

    What are the benefits of walking?

    • More than 250 minutes per week can provide clinically significant weight loss or can prevent you from regaining any weight you might have lost
    • Walking at 30 minutes most days of the week can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
    • Walking can lift your mood. For some people, especially those who are really committed to daily exercise, it’s almost equivalent to taking an antidepressant.
    • Walking is not only good for your heart and your mood, it’s also good for your brain. There’s more and more evidence that exercise staves off memory loss.

    Want to start walking? Here’s how you can get started.

    Walk with a friend. You’ll keep each other motivated. And join The Walking Club at BIDMC. Simply sign up and we’ll send you a welcome brochure with a membership wrist band. That’s not all, as a member of The Walking Club, there are a lot of resources for you.

    1. FREE Pedometer App — We all know that walking 10,000 steps a day is recommended. So count your steps. Because every step counts. Whether you are going to get your morning coffee or walking the dog. You can download the App on your iPhone or Android.
    2. Walking Prescription Pad — Answer these questions and this tool will give you a general idea of how much you should walk for better health based on your age, fitness, etc.
    3. A walking path — And if you are wondering where to walk, we will even help you find a walking path near you.  The American Heart Association (AHA) created this helpful page for you. New paths are constantly being added.
    4. Music to keep you moving — If you have some favorite tunes to get you moving, then you will love Walking Around Boston. Just download and walk.
    5. Join the Boston Heart Walk —  Each year, over 10,000 people gather at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade for a Heart Walk. This year the walk is on Saturday, September 7. This is a free event but you can also fund raise. You can form a team with your family, friends and colleagues and join the walk. Join the BIDMC team. You’re invited.

    Now that we know that walking is just as good as running for your health, here are a few more things to know.

    You can start walking even if you have previously been sedentary — just check with your doctor. Even a moderate paced walk for about 3 hours a week (just about 30 minutes a day) is known to improve health risks.  Before you start walking, or even if you have been walking for a while, check your shoes. Pick a pair of well-fitting shoes that give you arch support and cushioning.

    So, now that you have all the tools and the tips, lace up your sneakers and take a walk.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    Technology can help improve many activities, even something as simple as walking. Adding a walking routine may be the easiest positive change you can make to improve your health, and a variety of technologies can help make it interesting, fun, and rewarding. And even if you don’t have a walking partner, various apps can make your walks “social”.

    BIDMC Walking Club Pedometer App (Credit: BIDMC)

    BIDMC Walking Club Pedometer App (Credit: BIDMC)

    “Some of the tips I give to patients in terms of walking and exercise in general include setting a goal and letting people know about it, asking for help and feedback, exercising with friends or in a social group, tracking progress, and recognizing progress. All of these can be achieved or enhanced with technology,” says Kathleen Shillue, PT, DPT, OCS, who is a rehabilitation manager and physical therapist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    Shillue gives several examples, including the Nike sport kit that has a sensor you put in your running shoe to track your progress. Also, the free BIDMC Walking Club Pedometer app tallies your steps as you walk and gives you feedback about not only steps, but also speed, miles traveled, calories spent, and other stats. It can even follow you on a map. “There are also free phone apps that let you set goals and track your progress, and they also can give you feedback and motivation to continue,” she says. Some of the apps—such as Fitocracy and Endomondo—are linked to social networks so your information is reported and others can give you feedback and support.

    “One of the things to think about is how much interaction you want to have with others: do you want info to post automatically to Facebook or do you want to keep it private?” advises Shillue. Also, consider how much information you’d like to collect: some people like tracking all of their data, while others may want an app or sensor to provide information as daily or weekly totals. “For the free apps anyway, it’s not too hard to try them and if you don’t like them, delete them off the phone,” says Shillue.

    You can also go online to find walking partners who may not be in your current social circle The BIDMC Walking Club is a great way to get started.

    Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

    Posted: May 2013

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    BOSTON (CBS) – There will be parking restrictions on several streets in Boston Sunday morning for the B.A.A. 10K.

    The race starts at 8AM and an estimated 6,000 runners will participate.

    Temporary Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Sunday,6 AM to 12 noon parking restrictions will be implemented at the following locations:

    • Bay State Road, both sides, from Charlesgate West to Granby Street, metered parking spaces only
    • Beacon Street, Public Garden side, from Charles Street to Arlington Street
    • Boylston Street, Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street
    • Commonwealth Avenue, northside of westbound roadway, from Granby Street to Alcorn Street
    • Granby Street, both sides, from Bay State Road to Commonwealth Avenue

    CHECK: 10K Road Race Course

    Also, Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Sunday, 12:01AM to 12 Noon parking restrictions will be implemented at the following location:

    • Charles Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street

    Runners will gather on Charles Street near the Public Garden center gate to start the race.

    For more information visit: www.cityofboston.gov

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    The Patriots have had 13 possessions within an opponent’s 20-yard line, but haven’t had much success turning those possessions into touchdowns. The Pats are ranked 32d in the NFL in red zone efficiency even after putting up 23 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday.

    Gresh & Zo discuss and analyze the recent ineffectiveness of the Patriots in the red zone and try to figure out what the issue is. What can the Patriots’ struggles be attested to?

    The guys cover all facets of the Patriots offense as to why it is so stagnant compared to years past. What do they need to do to have better success and start scoring when they get down field?

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    BOSTON (CBS) – For runners, one month before the Boston Marathon is the perfect time for a little dress rehearsal of the race. Most people will complete a 17 to 22 mile run four weeks before the event. While many runners have covered the distance in training, they might not have worked out their exact race day routines.

    Long Runs

    The Boston Marathon starts between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., depending upon a runner’s Wave assignment. While most runners do their long runs whenever they can fit them in, the final long run should be done at the same time of day as your race. This will get participants prepared for how their bodies feel when they run from mid-morning through lunch and into the early afternoon.


    Before the final long run, participants should eat the exact breakfast they intend to have on race day. This gives them a chance to fine-tune their nutrition choices and make sure they don’t have any digestive issues. If runners typically drink coffee, tea or cola in the morning, they should find out whether to push caffeine intake back or forward an hour to get the most of it while avoiding cramping. Nailing down nutrition before the big day may also help runners plan out a pre-race bathroom routine.

     (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

    Shoes and Clothing

    In the last long run, marathon participants should wear the shoes and clothing (weather depending) they plan to use during the race. Most running shoes hold up for between 300 and 500 miles. Shoes nearing the end of their life should be replaced now so that the runner has a chance to break in a new pair before the marathon. Race day clothing should also be checked to make sure it doesn’t rub or chafe.

    Keep in mind that this year no Camelbaks or backpacks will be allowed on the course. Fuel Belt-style hydration belts with bottles that carry less that one liter each or a small fanny pack (no larger than 5 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches) will be permitted.

    (Photo credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    (Photo credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)


    Racers should make sure they hydrate on their final long run with the same sports drink offered during the race. Fluid stops during the Boston Marathon provide water and lemon/lime Gatorade Endurance Formula. Participants planning on drinking Gatorade should make sure it doesn’t cause any stomach issues. Anyone planning to incorporate gels or chews should use the final long run to practice with the exact flavor and formula to use on race day.

    While most people don’t have the luxury of someone handing them cups of water and sports drink on long training runs, drinking on the go should still be practiced, even if it’s done out in the backyard with a kid posing as a race volunteer holding a Dixie cup full of water.

    If runners have issues drinking and running, they should consider carrying a straw (cut it to about seven inches in length). Straws are lightweight, and allow a runner to drink from a cup on the go without spilling very much. All a runner has to do is pinch the cup in the middle, put the straw in the open end, and drink. When not in use, the straw can be stuffed into a fanny pack or carried by hand.

    Boston Marathon participants should enjoy their last hard efforts before race day. While the bulk of the training is over, racers will be put through an emotional test next week when the marathon taper begins.

    Kimberly Bogin is an Emmy Award winning television producer who has been running marathons for 14 years. After her non-running friends banned her from talking about training, races and black toenails, Kimberly decided to write about it instead, working as the Running Examiner for the last four years. Examiner.com.

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    BOSTON – Kris and Kayla Biagiotti of Mendon, Mass., also known as “The K-Girls,” were almost the Boston Marathon’s first mother-daughter team to cross the finish line together. On April 15, 2013, Kris pushed her daughter Kayla’s wheelchair almost the entire 26.2 mile length of the race. Unfortunately, the abrupt end to the race cut off their run within sight of the finish line. The pair was so close that Kayla “thought folks were lighting off fireworks when we finished.”

    But The K-Girls are not giving up. “I want to run for the Boston Strong Community and show support for the victims, those who did not survive, and keep the positive thinking that Kayla has had this past year,” said Kris about running the race again.

    Due to the incredibly high turnout anticipated by the Boston Athletic Association, Kris will run the Boston Marathon solo this year. The safety concerns and potential lack of immediate access to her specialized medical personnel made Kris wary of running with Kayla. However, Kris is running the race to support her daughter and to raise awareness about Kayla’s medical condition, mitochondrial disease. She is sponsored by Credit Unions Kids at Heart and is running to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, where Kayla has been treated her entire life.

    Kayla has been in a wheelchair since age three, when she was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease – a condition that is often genetic and prevents cells from producing the energy they need to work properly. The body’s cells have trouble converting food. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and the disease can affect many different parts if the body, including the brain and nervous system. As if this isn’t enough for one family to bear, Kayla’s father and Kris’s husband passed away in 2005 after a severe heart attack. Kris has also endured a number of brain tumors over the years, making her avid marathon training with Kayla even more inspirational. 

    Anyone training for the Boston Marathon goes through grueling months of seemingly endless runs through winter weather. This year’s runners have battled the Polar Vortex and countless snowstorms. “Snow and safety on the roads has been quite the challenge,” said Kris. “I have resorted to finding neighborhoods with wide roads that are straight so that drivers can see me. It has been very boring and running loops is not fun.”

    But, this is far from The K-Girls’ first race. “When I was in high school I was a sprinter, but never anything more than three miles. In 2002, after spending insurmountable time at Childrens for the first six years of Kayla’s life, I needed to lose weight and get myself back in shape,” explained Kris. “I was challenged to do a sprint triathlon… the sprint triathlon led to a 5K, then a 5-miler. Before you knew it, I did a half marathon. So in 2005 I did my first marathon, Boston! And it kept going! For my 40th birthday in 2007, I did a half ironman!”

    Now, Kris has run the Boston Marathon seven times. One of her first races as a team with Kayla was in 2012, when The K-Girls completed the Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon in Hampton, New Hampshire. And every year, explained Kris, The K Girls “host the Franklin 5K formerly known as the Run for Bob. It is in memory of Kayla’s dad who passed away at age 42. This is our 10th year and Team Hoyt will be joining us this year. It benefits the Hockomock YMCA and Best Buddies.”

    It’s no surprise that The K-Girls have gained so much support and have developed such a dedicated following. All of Boston will be cheering for Kris this April, and she hopes to return to the course with Kayla for 2015. 

    Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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    ASHLAND – The town of Ashland has a long standing association with the Boston Marathon — one that dates back to the marathon’s inception and continues firmly today. For the first quarter-century of the Boston Marathon, 1897 through 1923, the starting line was located within Ashland. It was moved several times during this period as the terminus changed and other course corrections were made, before being relocated to Hopkinton in 1924. Today, the Boston Marathon course through Ashland encompasses most of Mile 3 and all of Miles 4 and 5.

    While no longer home to the starting line of the race, Ashland continues to celebrate its strong ties to the Boston Marathon. A group of Ashland residents has proposed a Boston Marathon museum at the site of the original starting line, and is currently working on gaining approval. Ashland also plays a role in helping runners train for the Boston Marathon by holding half-marathons in the town, the most recent of which was held on March 16.

    The most prominent association between Ashland and the Boston Marathon can be found in the form of the Ashland Special Programs & Community Gift Fundraiser. In this annual program, 25 marathon runners are selected by the town to raise funds for community services such as the Food Pantry, Ashland Youth & Family Services, police/fire special programs, and community enrichment library programs. This year’s team consists of 10 individual runners and an additional 15 from “Team Genzyme.” Each runner is expected to raise at least $2,500 for Ashland’s special programs.

    Ashland boasts another significant historical footnote, too. In 1918, town resident Henry Ellis Warren was awarded the patent for the first synchronous electric clock. As founder of the Warren Clock Company, Warren had spent years perfecting the mechanisms that would provide an alternative to the then-undependable battery-powered clocks. The company later took the name Telechron and manufactured its electric clocks in Ashland through the 1970s. The company’s 1927-built headquarters remain, and are on the Marathon route at Union and Chestnut Streets. The clock tower is now a well known landmark for the runners during their fourth mile.

    The town of Ashland is located in Middlesex County, approximately 21 miles west of Boston. It shares its borders with Hopkinton to the southwest, Southborough to the northwest, Framingham to the northeast, Sherborn to the west, and Holliston to the south. The 12.9-square mile town was incorporated in 1846 and had 16,593 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

    Lisa Plotnick is a Boston-based writer and editor who is passionate about travel, whether locally or internationally. After a 25-year career in financial services, she is turning her avocation into a vocation. Her work may be found on Examiner.com.

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    (Credit: iStockphoto)

    BOSTON – With only two weeks left before the Boston Marathon, most runners are tapering in an effort to repair damaged muscles, top off glycogen stores and rest up before the race.  The challenge at this point is to continue to cut mileage without letting the taper cause worry and self doubt.

    Cut Mileage

    Two weeks out, runners should cut back their mileage 60-70 percent. The weekly long run will now be 10 to 13 miles, at an easy effort. The rest of the week should be filled with shorter runs.  It’s OK to throw in some some intervals, strides or a few race-paced miles, but marathoners should make sure they don’t go overboard in terms of distance or speed.

    “So many runners train hard right up to the day of the marathon because they’re desperately afraid of losing fitness if they don’t,” explains Patti Finke, the co-director of the Portland Marathon Clinic. “What they don’t realize is that in those last few weeks it’s the rest more than the work that makes you strong.”

    Finalize Race Plan

    Many runners create a race plan early in training. With two weeks to go, it’s important for marathoners to fine tune that plan and come up with tiered goals.

    The Boston Marathon has a unique course, where the first half is almost entirely downhill. Runners should decide how they’re going to tackle that issue in terms of pacing. Should they go for a negative split, an even effort, or a positive split? These decisions should be finalized two weeks out.

    Most people go into a race with a time goal. While this can be a great motivator, it’s better to have  an “ultimate” goal, a “realistic goal” and an “acceptable goal.” Heat, rain, wind or extreme cold can make a Personal Best impossible. Having a three tiered goal allows a runner to feel some success even if things don’t go as planned.

    Stop lifting weights and cross training

    Marathoners who lift weights or cross train should set those activities aside until after the race. A runner’s focus in the last two weeks should be on running and recovering; not doing activities that could break down muscles or stress their bodies even more.

    A study published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports shows that muscular power is slightly higher eight to 14 days after weight training is stopped, so marathoners don’t need to worry about losing strength gains before the race.

    (Credit: iStockphoto)

    (Credit: iStockphoto)

    Get some sleep

    Sleeping may get more difficult as the race approaches. Two weeks out is the perfect time to catch some Z’s. An athlete’s body rebuilds during sleep. According to Chicago based running coach C.J. Welter, “The one thing I tell all my runners is that, in the final weeks of training — or actually tapering — you can do more by sleeping than you can by running. That’s when sleep should really become your primary training component and biggest focus.”

    Confirm Travel Plans

    Most people make their Boston Marathon travel plans months in advance. Now is a good time to gather and confirm flight, hotel and ground transportation itineraries. The week before the race will be busy with packing and last minute details. It’s better to get this stress out of the way early, and ensure there’s enough time to make other arrangements if something falls through.

    Kimberly Bogin is an Emmy Award winning television producer who has been running marathons for 14 years. After her non-running friends banned her from talking about training, races and black toenails, Kimberly decided to write about it instead, working as the Running Examiner for the last four years. Examiner.com.

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    BOSTON (CBS) – Three marathons in three countries in three weeks, it sounds like an insane dream but one man is making it happen with the goal of helping a young woman live a better, more independent life. “It will transform my life and I’ll have independence and freedom,” says Katie O’Halloran from County Galway.

    She was born without arms and with a short, right leg. And while she’s overcome great odds, Katie is hoping for something new that will be a miracle for her. “I’m hoping to raise money so I can get prosthetic arms to help me in my future,” she says.

    That’s where Michael Cloherty comes in. Michael has joined an international effort to raise money for Katie with his 3-3-3….three marathons, three weeks, three countries. “It’s a big challenge but as I’ve been telling everybody, it’s nothing like the challenge Katie and her family have faced throughout their lives,” says Cloherty.

    First he ran a marathon in Ireland, then in London and on Monday he’ll take his mark in Hopkinton for number three. “I’ll be very happy and a bit emotional too, but it’s been a great adventure,” he says.

    Katie is hoping to get bionic arms with hands that work. The cost for both of the prosthetics and therapy to go with them is about half a million dollars. The effort still needs to raise nearly $200,000. “I’ll be able to open doors and shake a person’s hand and give somebody a hug and do the small, trivial acts that people take for granted,” she says.

    While Michael prepares for the challenge of Monday’s marathon, other supporters are getting ready for a big fundraiser on Saturday night at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester, and together, they’re confident the mission will be a success. “Hopefully I’ll be at the finish line and walk across the finish line with Michael,” says Katie.

    For information about how to help: www.facebook.com/katieohalloranbenefit


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    BOSTON (CBS) – At least 5,000 runners who were not able to finish the race last year came out more determined than ever to finish this year. “It’s an accomplishment, it’s unfinished business that’s taken care of,” said Susan Mahoney who made it as far as the Massachusetts Avenue bridge when the bombs went off near the finish line last year.

    Some were within miles, some within feet like Joseph Keiser of Germany. “You should not have tried to stop me, either in the run, in the plane, in the train to the plane,” Keiser said. “No, I come back.”

    Six plus hours later it was mission accomplished for Mo Landry, who struggled over the finish. “They took it away from us and we brought it back to the streets of Boston. It felt good.”

    On Monday, they received their medals in person, not by mail. Last year was supposed to be the last marathon for Karen Shanley but she had to come back one more time. “It was closure, just closure, and no one gave up,” she said.

    It seems there was no giving up as runners pushed each other to the finish, and then paused to take in the moment like Frank Scolaro. “To get back to that line. Let people know you can come and do this without incident and we did.”

    Whatever motivation it took to return this year, it was a race to the finish for these runners. “I had a marathon and I had to prove this is our city, that’s all it is,” said Suzanne Webster.


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    BOSTON (CBS) – Running represents a freedom for marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia that she hasn’t known since she lost her leg in the attack. She started running seven years ago and always knew she wanted to pick up the sport again.

    Now, with a road race on the calendar, a special running prosthetic and an inspirational training partner, she’s pushing herself in a way that is both challenging and incredibly rewarding.

    She and uber-athlete Jothy Rosenberg, a fellow amputee, meet every Friday morning at the Natick High School track to train for an upcoming 5K road race in Lowell. Rosenberg knows, firsthand, that succeeding at a sport can have a profound effect on recovery. He lost his leg to osteosarcoma at 16. When the cancer spread three years later, doctors had to remove a lung. But that didn’t stop him. He’s an accomplished skier, 12-year Pan Mass Challenge Rider and 20-time swimmer in the Alcatraz swim.

    His foundation “Who Says I Can’t” raises money for people who have suffered setbacks and need help getting into a sport. He and Roseann are hoping their run in Lowell will raise enough money to buy a running prosthetic and coaching for another amputee.

    And they hope their run sends a message. Sdoia told WBZ’s Lisa Hughes, “I really hope that by doing this we’re able to inspire people with physical challenges that they don’t’ have to give up what they used to do.”

    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia (WBZ-TV)

    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia (WBZ-TV)

    The training is grueling. The day we caught up with them, it was hot and muggy. The mechanics of learning to run with a prosthetic leg are difficult. They watch video tapes of people who’ve perfected it and believe they’ll eventually feel far more fluid than they do now.

    And they’ll have their own footage to watch, too. Videographer Steve McCarthy is shooting a documentary that will feature everything from their first meeting in a coffee shop to their falls during training runs.

    Rosenberg, who was not a runner until he started training with Sdoia, admits even with the best technology, it’s hard. “We have frustrating days. We’ve fallen. Tears. Sweat. It’s just hard work. Commitment. We’re out here every Friday.”

    Ultimately, he’s hoping his foundation will raise enough money to provide a prosthetic every month to an amputee who wants to participate in sports.

    For more information on the Who Says I Can’t Foundation, go to whosaysicant.org. Roseann’s website is RoboStrong.com. Their road race is coming up November 16th.


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    BOSTON (CBS) — More than 50 local amputees, including a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, practiced walking and running again at Harvard University on Sunday.

    The Challenged Athletes Foundation event, sponsored by Ossur, helped both new and experienced amputees work on proper running form and techniques with drills and exercises.

    Attendees included Heather Abbott, who lost her leg below the knee in the Boston Marathon bombings and Sarah Reinertsen, the first woman to finish the Hawaii Ironman on a prosthetic leg.


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    BOSTON (CBS) – With less than two months to train for the 2015 Boston Marathon, runners are finding it difficult to navigate snow and ice covered streets and sidewalks.

    Dedicate runners were out Saturday morning braving the cold for long, and very narrow, training runs.

    Jeffrey Zeizel, who will be running his 19th Boston Marathon for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, said this has been the most difficult training experience he’s had.

    “Here you’re dealing with the weather, the snowbanks, the cars,” he said. “It just makes it brutal.”

    Like Zeizel, WBZ-TV’s Nicole Jacobs is also running in support of Dana Farber.

    “You have to take it easy because you’re not sure if the car sees you and you can hardly see the cars,” she said.

    Despite the treacherous paths, runners are more than willing to run on behalf of the various causes they’re representing.

    “It’s just for them. I think of these people and it gets me a little choked up but we’re all doing it for them,” said Dawn Minkin, running for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

    “This is nothing compared to what the patients and families go through so it’s a small thing to do to give back and help more families,” said Andy Haglin, running on behalf of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

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    I knew the forecast for last Saturday AM. I knew it well. “Temperatures start in the 30’s with quick mid-morning burst of snow.” Still, I wanted to wear shorts. After a winter that feels like it started early last summer, I wanted to wear shorts. So I did. It was an aggressive move and, as I soon found out, not all that smart.

    My morning run from Hopkinton went something like this:

    Mile 1- I can’t believe how bad it’s snowing.
    Mile 2- (To my training partner Scott) Can you believe how bad it’s snowing?
    Mile 5- Boy, I really wish it wasn’t snowing so hard.
    Mile 7- Remember that singer Snow in the 1990’s?
    Mile 9- My knees are covered in snow, that has turned to ice.
    Mile 10- Informer, da nana nada na… I licky boom-boom down.
    Mile 18- Oh cool. The sun. My run is over.

    I wore the shorts (and compression socks for a nagging shin issue) because, they served as motivation. I started this training in the dead of the snowiest winter on record, always knowing it would get me to spring and to my first Marathon. Temps in the 30’s weren’t going to deter me from my symbol of a new season and a nearly complete training regimen.

    Yes... shorts. (Image: D.Wade/WBZ-TV)

    Yes… shorts. (Image: D.Wade/WBZ-TV)

    It’s a weird story I know. And I bet you have one too. I bet you have your own superstitions. What are your motivators? What things do you have to wear? Are there things you must eat before you run? I bet you like to run at a certain time. You probably have a certain route you like best. As part of our Boston Marathon coverage on WBZ-TV, we want to hear about your training and why you are running. If you use Twitter, tweet me at @davidwade and use the hashtag #TeamRun.

    Quick update—I mentioned in my last post that I’m running for Autism Speaks. The feedback has been great and I’ve already had to raise my fundraising goal once. If you’d like to make a donation, just click on this link.

    Oh and one more thing, we spoke with the BAA Race Director Dave Mcgillivray this week. He promises the course – which looks like it has been run through a meat grinder – will be ready for April 20th. He’s more worried about the amount of snow still on Hopkinton Common and at Hopkinton High School – site of the Runner’s Village. The snow needs to melt AND the field needs to dry.

    Training run in the snow... in shorts. (Image: D.Wade/WBZ-TV)

    Training run in the snow… in shorts. (Image: D.Wade/WBZ-TV)

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    BOSTON (CBS) – Every person who runs the Boston Marathon has a mission and a story. Members of Team 415 Strong share a story of survival.

    On April 15, 2013, they were at the finish line when the bombs went off. They are now preparing to run the race of their lives.

    Their road to recovery brought them full circle back to the marathon itself. Seven months after the attacks, the BAA offered survivors entry to the 2014 race. Team 415 strong was born.

    “The last thing I remember thinking before the bomb went off was ‘I want to run this race,’” said Elizabeth Bermingham. “And here I was a year later and had the opportunity to do that.”

    Bermingham had already run a marathon, but most of the group had not, and the goal was to help them train.

    “Watching people that were really not runners get very excited about having these passes to run the marathon, there were these wonderful comments of you know this is a chance to take back the finish line,” Dave Fortier said.

    “These are folks that had been hurt the year before, and we didn’t want them to get hurt again.”

    Fortier ran for Dana Farber in 2013 and had trained with former Boston champ Jack Fultz, who was quick to offer his services.

    “Jack became our coach,” Fortier said. “The folks at Marathon Sports have let us train out of here.”

    Twenty eight of these survivors trained for, started, and finished the Boston Marathon last year. Most had never run more than five miles.

    “It was a really emotional experience,” Bermingham said. “I haven’t worked that hard for anything in my entire life.”

    This year’s team includes first timer Michelle L’Heureux. She admits training has been tough, but it’s all relative.

    “Thinking about the weeks that I wasn’t able to walk,” L’Heureux said. “Sometimes when I’m running looking down at my legs I think ‘I went from that and now look what I’m doing.’”

    The same resolve that will get them to the finish line has guided their journeys.

    “You’re stronger than you ever could realize you are,” L’Heureux said. “I don’t think you realize it until you have no other option.”

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    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon includes 26.2 miles, 34 elite athletes, 30,000 runners, 87 countries, 1 million spectators and $830,500 in prize money.

    Oh, and 150 pounds of petroleum jelly, 992 portable toilets, 108,000 safety pins, 28,200 bananas, 33,984 fruit cups, 35,000 gallons of water and 1.4 million paper cups.

    Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Monday’s 119th running of the Boston Marathon:



    The route covers 26 miles, 385 yards, starting on Main Street in Hopkinton and finishing on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. In between, it winds through six other cities and towns: Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline. Despite the challenge posed by the notorious Newton hills — best known by the final rise, Heartbreak Hill, at roughly the 20.5 mile mark — it’s a net downhill course. It’s nowhere near easy. But because there’s a total drop in elevation of 459 feet from start to finish, and it’s a point-to-point route rather than a loop that would even out the effects of any tail wind, any records set here aren’t recognized.

    READ: Mile By Mile Runner’s Guide



    Thirty-four of the planet’s fleetest of foot — 20 men and 14 women from the United States and eight other countries — are in the hunt. It’s fast company: The top 10 men have run under 2:06:22; the top 10 women under 2:23:22. This year’s field includes five past Boston champions: American Meb Keflezighi (2014); Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa (2013); and Kenyans Wesley Korir (2012); Sharon Cherop (2012); and Caroline Kilel (2011.) Other men to watch: Wilson Chebet of Kenya, last year’s runner-up; and top Americans Dathan Ritzenhein and Matt Tegenkamp. Among the women: Shalane Flanagan, America’s best chance for a victor’s wreath in three decades.

    WATCH: Marathon Video Tour



    This year’s field is capped at 30,000 — fewer than the 35,671 who started last year’s first post-bombings edition, but more than the 26,655 who were in the 2013 field when terrorists struck, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others. The Boston with the most entrants was the 1996 centennial race, which drew 38,708 — the smallest field was 1899, when 17 ran. Women are making up a lot of ground: Last year’s finishers included 14,344 women and 17,582 men. Unsurprisingly, Massachusetts is the state with the greatest number of participants, followed by California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois. But smaller states boast perfect finishing percentages: Every single runner hailing from Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming who started in 2014 finished.



    Monday’s top finishers will share $830,050 in prize money, plus an additional $220,000 if records are broken in the open, masters, or push rim wheelchair divisions. The top man and woman overall each takes home $150,000; second place is good for $75,000 and third gets $40,000. John Hancock, which this year marks 30 years as the marathon’s principal sponsor, has paid out $17.3 million since prize money entered the picture in 1986. Charities also win: Last year alone, runners raised a record $38.4 million for more than 300 causes. So, too, does the local economy: the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, estimates it will generate about $182 million.



    Impress your friends or win a game show with this marathon minutiae. Organizers say Monday’s race will mobilize 9,000 volunteers as well as 1,900 medical personnel and a full complement of security including 3,500 uniformed police officers and 320 National Guardsmen. Workers will erect 30,000 feet of fencing, string 63,360 feet of rope and haul away 10,000 trash bags. Other factoids: 3,300 pounds of pasta doused with 2,825 quarts of tomato sauce; 35,300 energy bars; 500 bags of ice; 500 barf bags; 5,000 adhesive bandages; 91 trophies. And, the B.A.A. hopes, 30,000 smiles.

    Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston Marathon legend shared some tips and advised runners to “run you own race” on the day before the big event.

    Joan Benoit Samuelson broke a world record when she won the Boston Marathon for a second time in 1983, and she was the first woman to win the Olympic Marathon in 1984.

    But on Sunday, she walked the last mile of the course with both first-time and experienced marathon runners, acting more like an old friend or coach.

    “When we leave Hopkinton, there’s a slight downhill,” she said. “You’re apt to go out a little too fast. Patience is a virtue, hold yourself back, put on the brakes.”

    Giving advice to runners never gets old, she said. And the most important thing for runners to learn is they are competing for themselves, not against each other.

    “For me, the best inspiration in the marathon comes at the back of the pack,” she said. “Everybody from the start to the finish has a story to tell.”

    WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports: 

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    FALMOUTH (CBS) – For the first time, runners will be able to participate in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race virtually, race officials announced on Friday.

    Falmouth Road Race and Outside Interactive in Hopkinton are teaming up to make the August 16 race day experience unlike any other.

    Falmouth Course Preview

    Outside Interactive has developed forward motion video software technology for treadmill runners to create a digital race experience for those that can’t attend the race in person. By using the company’s Virtual Runner App, runners can download high definition video of the course to their iPad (iOS) or Android tablet.

    “For runners who want to be a part of the Falmouth Road Race but didn’t get in, or find themselves stationed overseas or otherwise geographically challenged, this is the next best thing to being there,” said Gary McNamee, founder and president of Outside Interactive, in a press statement.

    “We’re thrilled that Falmouth recognizes the value in offering this new, forward-thinking opportunity to displaced runners.”

    “We view remote participation as a win-win for the New Balance Falmouth Road Race and running enthusiasts all over the region and the world,” added Scott Ghelfi, race president, in the statement. “Our race is extremely popular and we know there are many people who want to run but can’t.

    “Giving them the opportunity to officially be a part of the race and run the course, in a virtual way, from anywhere – something that’s never been done before – is exciting to us.”

    Falmouth Road Race. (Photo by Outside Interactive)

    Falmouth Road Race. (Photo by Outside Interactive)

    Runners using the App can adjust the video speed to their pace on any treadmill. A week before the race or on race day, they can activate a code to have their run recorded and included in official race results.

    At the end of the seven-mile seaside race, runners will then send their results to the race website through an automated process on the App. They will need to be connected to the Internet to complete the transmission.

    Virtual runners can register online starting on Friday. They will also be entered into the lottery to run the race in 2016.

    About 12,000 runners participate in the race each year.

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    BOSTON (CBS) — Runners, here’s a way to make all that training really pay off.

    Project Casting says “serious, competitive, and track/field runners” are wanted for a sports apparel company commercial filming in Boston. Those who get picked to be in the commercial will be compensated $1,000 a day.

    The commercial will be shot sometime between July 6 to July 8.

    Anyone interested should email a recent photo and long body photo, shoe size and their running experience to boston.casting.runners2015@gmail.com

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    BOSTON (AP) — The long road to the 2016 Boston Marathon is underway.

    Registration for next April’s 120th running of the race opened Monday. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the 26.2-mile event, is using the same rolling entry procedure it’s employed for the past three years, allowing the fastest gender and age-group qualifiers to register first.

    Athletes whose qualifying times are 20 minutes or faster than their standard get first dibs for April 18, 2016. If there’s still room, those who ran 10 minutes or faster than their standards can register Wednesday, and those who ran five minutes faster can do so Friday.

    Organizers say registration will close for the week on Saturday night, and will reopen Sept. 21-23 if the field size of 30,000 entrants hasn’t been reached.

    Online: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/athlete-registration.aspx

    Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    BOSTON (CBS) — More than 8,000 runners took on 13.1 miles on a beautiful fall morning Sunday for the Boston Athletic Association’s 15th half marathon.

    The race brought some elite competitors, with Kenya’s Daniel Salel winning in 1 hour and 56 seconds for the men, and fellow Kenyan Mary Wacera finishing first for the women with a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes and 21 seconds.

    See more results here

    “It’s an awesome day and I’m so glad the weather turned out – it was perfect out there,” runner Chrissy Meagher said. “The leaves were changing, it was beautiful.”

    Finishing fourth for the women this year was Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich.

    Top finishers at the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

    Top finishers at the B.A.A. Half Marathon (WBZ-TV)

    “It’s always special when a Boston Marathon champion comes back with us, she’s in training for the NYC marathon,” a race organizer said.

    But it was also a day of charity for more than 500 runners from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Joseph St. Pierre was the first to finish for the charity – he also works at Dana-Farber.

    “Why not continue my passion for running, mix it with my job?” St. Pierre said. “It’s like the physical, mental and spiritual aspect of it.”

    As runner after runner crossed the finish line, many took steps in memory of those they love.

    “Thinking about my mother the whole time she just pushed me through it,” runner Carl Roche said. “I have a picture right here on my bib so she was along for the ride.”

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    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s no surprise that people love running in Boston, home to the finish line of the world’s most famous marathon.

    Now Boston is getting some recognition for being so runner-friendly.

    Runner’s World magazine has named Boston one of the best cities in the country for running.

    Running along the Charles River (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    Running along the Charles River (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    The publication credits running routes along the Charles River and Emerald Necklace, but also the fact that 97 percent of city residents are within walking distance of a park. It also notes that are plenty of pubs near popular trails to grab a cold one after a run.

    Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers told the magazine that his favorite route is by the Charles, but he would also run around Jamaica Pond.

    “I think since running has a 120-year-old history here, the Boston fans really get it,” he said. “And they appreciate all their runners, from first to last.”

    The top spot on the list belongs to San Francisco, followed by Seattle.

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    BELMONT (CBS) — A recovering addict-turned-ultra-runner completed his goal of running for a full 24 hours straight Tuesday morning.

    Henry Ward ran the Belmont High School track from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday to raise money for scholarships for programs to fight addiction–about 350 laps in all, or roughly 85 miles.

    “It’s a long way to run, but I knew it’s a track run-slash-walk-slash-just-get-it-done,” Ward told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker. “I didn’t have any mileage goals, just to finish it.”

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    Henry Ward, just after finishing his 24-hour run.

    As a recovering alcoholic and addict, he sought treatment nearly 9 years ago.

    “I knew I needed help, but I was kind of ashamed,” Ward said. “I walked into a treatment center, a little intimidated, and the guy said, ‘What would you do to change?’ And I said, ‘Pretty much anything,’ and he’s like, ‘Sign up.’ I’m like, ‘Woah woah woah, I’m just here to get information and stuff.’ He’s like, ‘What would you do to change? Anything? Then sign up!’ I said, ‘I don’t know if I have the money,’ He says, ‘Money’s not an object to do anything,’ So I said, fine, I’ll sign up.”

    Now an ultra-marathoner, Ward runs to raise money for RunWell, an organization that helps others seek treatment and live healthier.

    ward2 Ultra Runner, Recovering Addict Finishes 24 Hour Charity Run

    Ward, pictured just before he finished his final lap along with his weekly running group.

    “We encourage a healthy lifestyle, we encourage people to get into running and stuff to help with their recovery,” Ward said.

    He said he also wants to help break the stigma of those who suffer from addiction.

    “It’s hard for a lot of people, it’s hard for me, and I finally did it,” said Ward. “Ultimately it saved my life, so I’m trying to save lives out there.”

    It was a little chilly Tuesday morning, and a few raindrops started to fall as Ward neared the 24-hour mark. His usual running group, who he runs the track with from 5-6 a.m. every week, was with him for the final stretch.

    “I’m actually feeling pretty good,” he said. “My feet were really bothering me for a while, my knee was bothering me … just running with these super-inspiring people is enough to get me to the end.”

    Ward just finished running the entire Boston Marathon course four times. Next, he’ll take part in a 5K this weekend–and in November, coinciding with his 9th year of sobriety, he’ll be running in a four-desert, six-stage race in Patagonia, Argentina.

    “I’m stumbling forward, and that’s what you do in addiction, too,” Ward said. “You just take one day at a time, one step at a time. Can’t worry about a month down the road, really, just worry about today. Do the best you can for today.”

    WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

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    BOSTON (AP) – Registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon is closed, and organizers say the new system is a success.
    More than 20,000 entrants have signed up through a rolling admission that was weighted according to their qualification times. The new system was created after the 2011 race filled up in just eight hours, and many would-be runners were left out. The previous record for the race filling up was more than two months.
    The Boston Athletic Association changed the first-come, first-served system it had always used to allow those with the better times to register first. Nearly 15,000 runners have been notified that they’re in, and more than 5,000 more will hear next week.
    The 116th edition of the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile run is April 16.

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    BOSTON (CBS) – Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi finished his first half marathon Sunday.

    He ran the Boston Half Marathon with his wife Heidi in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 5 seconds.

    The race was run through the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston and Brookline.

    More than 5000 finishers completed the 11th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, which is the B.A.A.’s second-largest event next to the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon.

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    BOSTON (CBS) – Thousands of runners are celebrating a milestone, marking 40 years since women were officially allowed to run in the Boston Marathon.

    Of course, there were women pioneers out there running Boston before it was official.

    Roberta Gibb’s heart led her to Boston. Running the marathon was a special goal particularly after she was denied an official number.

    In 1966 Gibb became the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon. Back home in California, after the race that achievement ran head-on into reality.

    “All of the reporters were at my house,” recalls Gibb. “They wanted me to put on the dress and cook fudge so they could say the shapely blonde housewife, which is what they called me, was a real woman.”

    Conventional wisdom held that running was dangerous for women and could affect fertility. That didn’t worry Sara Mae Berman. By the time she started running she had three kids. Her husband was her coach and her biggest supporter. He told her she could be a pioneer.

    “(Roberta) was a pioneer, I was a pioneer, all of the early women marathoners, we were all pioneers,” says Berman.

    These days, thousands of women run Boston, owing no small debt to these two pioneers who are beyond glad that both attitudes and clothing have changed so much in 40 years.

    “They didn’t have jog bras,” says Roberta. “I wore a tank top bathing suit. I wore my brother’s Bermuda shorts tied with a string.”

    And what advice would they give this year’s runners?

    “Follow your passion, do what you love and run as fast as you can run,” says Gibb.

    “It’s a joyful experience to be among the sports people that are sharing this wonderful physical experience,” says Berman.

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    VANCOUVER, Canada (CBS Local) – The winner of a one-mile race for beer drinkers was disqualified after race officials determined that the runner didn’t drink enough during his run.

    Corey Bellemore crossed the finish line of the annual Beer Mile in record time this year. The Canadian track and field athlete posted a winning time of four minutes and 24 seconds while chugging a beer in between each of the four laps. Bellemore shattered his own world record at the Beer Mile by nine seconds.

    His accomplish didn’t stand for long however, as officials declared that Bellemore hadn’t finished enough of his beer to count as a completed drink. “They (officials) found that three runners, including Bellemore, had more than the permitted amount left over,” Runner’s World explained.

    Patrick Butler of Beermile.com told the running magazine that the race’s “four ounce rule” is new and doesn’t appear on the race’s official rules page yet – making it difficult to enforce and even harder to obey as a runner.

    British runner Dale Clutterbuck was awarded the title of 2018 Beer Mile champion by default; clocking in with a time of four minutes and 50 seconds. Bellemore took the disqualification in stride, posting on Twitter that he’ll make sure to finish his drinks next year.

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    SAN DIEGO (CBS) – A Northbridge runner was second to none as she took home the Foot Locker national high school cross country girls race in San Diego on Saturday.

    Sydney Masciarelli had an epic stretch battle with last year’s runner-up, Caitlyn Hart, but was able to pull it out.

    photorunnet for foot locker cross country Northbridge Runner Edges Competition To Win National HS Cross Country Title

    Sydney Masciarelli breaks the tape in San Diego. (Photo Credit: Run.net for Foot Locker Cross Country)

    Natick Grace Connolly finished eighth in the race.

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    by @TaraLipinsky

    How much interest do you have in American women’s running? Hmmm.  Just as I thought. 

    Meet Maggie Vessey. A California native and U.S. Olympian who competes in middle distance track events.  But she’s quickly becoming known for turning heads in her fashion forward sexy singlets she sports while racing.

    Here are the top six uni’s Vessey wore that just may make track a popular sport in this country yet.

    6.  This sexy singlet sizzles, but the aviators really complete the look.

    (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

     5. Is their fashion design in her future?

    4. Something tells me those abs are part of the appeal.

    (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    3. Too Flashy? Or Too Fabulous?

    2.  A Little Behind-The-Scenes peek.


    1. Now this is a way to bring attention to track & field competitions. 

    You may also like 14 Interesting Tidbits About Michelle Wie As Told By Her Instagram Account.

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    BOSTON (CBS) – She is the new world record holder in track and field, a 91-year-old woman from Chestnut Hill has just set that record for her age group in the 400 meter dash.

    And she didn’t stop there – she also set two more records during her latest competition. And Tuesday, WBZ got the chance to meet this remarkable woman.

    Diane Hoffman’s performance proves, without a doubt, you are never too old for anything. She turns 92 on Wednesday.

    Diane Hoffman (WBZ-TV)

    “I believe the good Lord gave me legs, what else? Nothing else. Legs!” Hoffman said.

    Last weekend, during the USA Track and Field championships at Holy Cross, Hoffman broke the world record for her age in the 400 meter dash, finishing in 2:44:25.

    “I was flabbergasted,” she said. “I was so happy and thrilled for my family because I’m not a runner and never have been.”

    However, Hoffman is a heck of a tennis player. She started when she was 42, and still plays about four times a week.

    It was her son who suggested she try running one day while they were on a walk.

    “I was walking fast ahead of them. They were slow pokes so they decided at that point, ‘she ought to run. She ought to do something. She’s way ahead of us,'” Hoffman said.

    So last year she gave running a try, and this year she set the new record.

    But that’s not all – she also broke the U.S. record in the 100 meter run and the 200 meter.

    Diane Hoffman at the USA Track and Field Championship. Photo from USATFNE

    Hoffman said when she gets up each day she gets moving, and that everyone else needs to do the same.

    “You’ve got to move. You’ve got to do something for yourself. Don’t let yourself stay in bed. Take a walk. Ride a bike. You’ve got to push yourself to make yourself do these things,” she said. “Even going to the gym is healthy. And what do they call it? Yoga? I wouldn’t do either of them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you. They are!”

    Good advice to follow – almost as good as the advice given to her before her record setting run.

    “He said, ‘pretend the police are chasing you,’ so I did,” Hoffman said.

    And as for next year? Diane says she’ll decide next year.

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    (CBS) – Many people don’t like to run, even though they know it might be good for them. It turns out that any amount of running is linked with a significantly lower risk of death.

    In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers analyzed more than a dozen prior studies and found that running was associated with a 27-percent lower risk of death from all causes, and more specifically, a 30-percent lower risk of heart disease.

    This was true for both men and women.

    You don’t have to be a marathoner to reap the benefits. Even small doses of running had a protective effect, like running only once a week, or for less than 50 minutes at a time, or at slower speeds. That’s good news for people who don’t enjoy it or who say they don’t have enough time.