Boston Marathon

Runners, Spectators Brave The Elements At The Boston Marathon

Apr 17, 2018
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

WBUR's Martha Bebinger and Bruce Gellerman were at the Boston Marathon Monday. They talked to both runners, and spectators, who braved the elements for the love of a good race.

They say never say never in sports, and it’s good advice.  Remember how we said the Patriots would never come back from 25 points down and win Super Bowl LI? How did that turn out? Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT), the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Well, with the 122ndrunning of the Boston Marathon on Monday, I write with complete confidence that Rhode Island runners winning five times in nine years will never happen again.

Never.

Robin Lubbock

Army veteran Brandon Korona pulls up his pant leg, rearranges a protective sleeve, and twists off the plastic socket on top of his prosthetic left leg. It comes off with a suction cup-like pop.

"There we go," says Korona.

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Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

2015 Boston Marathon Kicks Off Under Tight Security, Grey Skies

Apr 20, 2015
Boston Athletic Association

And they're off! Runners have begun their 26 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. But runners on two legs aren't the only participants. This is the 40th anniversary of the wheelchair races. 

n 1975, Boston became the first major road race in the world to recognize wheelchair participation. There was no prize money for first place. Monday's winner will receive $20,000 dollars. South African Ernst Van Dyk has won the race 10 times.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

With less than a week to go before we welcome 2015, it’s time to reflect upon the stories that informed, entertained and intrigued us most during 2014. These are the sports stories that grabbed my attention.

Aaron Read / RIPR

36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118th running of the race has special significance.  It's the one-year anniversary of a horrific bombing that killed three people, and injured more than 200 others at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon.  Race organizers have beefed up security, but city leaders say they hope the marathon will still feel like a fun, family event. They say that’s part of their effort to reclaim the marathon after the bombing.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.

Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s  badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.

Bradley Campbell / RIPR

It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Rhode Island state trooper who went to the aid of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is speaking out publicly about his experience for the first time.  The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.

Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15th Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott.  She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.  A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.

The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party.   When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.

There is a new member of the legal team representing Katherine Russell the widow of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Russell has added Joshua Dratel, an attorney with special expertise in terrorism cases.  She continues to be represented by the Providence Firm DeLuca and Weizenbaum, though the firm specializes in medical malpractice.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

A North Kingstown woman finds herself at the vortex of one of the most intensive criminal investigations in American history.  This is the latest on Katherine Russell and her connection to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Three weeks ago she was an anonymous home health aide working 70 to 80 hours a week to feed and shelter her husband and baby daughter.  Now, Katherine Russell – by virtue of being the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev – is being hunted by the news media and shadowed by federal investigators.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

A mysterious man named “Misha,” who may have evangelized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has surfaced in West Warwick.

Originally identified by the New York Review of Books, Misha was keeping a low profile Monday as reporters gathered outside his modest apartment.

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