The Boston Marathon Experience
Local runners revel in chance to run
Sunday, April 27, 2014 12:00 AM
For any marathon runner, the opportunity to complete the Boston Marathon is among the highest achievements imaginable.
Greenwood’s Beth Davidson shows off her medal after completing the 2014 Boston Marathon.
For four Greenwood runners, that accomplishment this year also included the distinction of competing in perhaps the most emotional installment of one of running’s most hallowed and grueling events.
Beth Davidson, Debra Robinson, Erin Smith and Eric Smith each competed in the 2014 edition of the race Monday, the first to be contested since last year’s event was marred by the detonation of two bombs that killed three people and injured scores more at the race’s finish line.
After qualifying in early 2013, Davidson spent a little more than a year training and preparing to compete in her first Boston Marathon.
Despite increased scrutiny and heightened security after last year’s tragedy, she arrived in Boston to find an environment dripping with nothing but enthusiasm and support.
“It was so much more than I even expected,” said Davidson, who completed the race in 4:05:16. “It was just an electric atmosphere, and you could just feel the excitement as you walked around Boston. Everybody was just so excited, and it was just in the air everywhere you went.”
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