He ran Boston!
Dr. Larry Ness ran the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18th as a fundraiser for Ngorika Children’s Home. One of the NCH board members interviewed Dr. Larry to find out a little about his run. Here’s what he told us…
NCHB: “What was is like for you to run the Boston Marathon?”
Dr. Larry: “It was an incredible experience to run such a prestigious, iconic race! Even though it was painful for the last part of it, it was still exhilarating!”
NCHB: “How did you do?”
Dr. Larry: “I ran a 3:16 time and that put me 12th in my age division of age 60-64. I was happy with that!”
NCHB: “That sounds very good to me! Is that about the time you were hoping to run it in?”
Dr. Larry: “I had had a recent knee problem which actually cut into my training for the marathon and I felt fortunate just to still be able to run it. I decided close to the day of the race to just enjoy the experience and not to be too focused on my completion time. So, all things considered, I’m happy with it.”
NCHB: Tell us some of the stats in this year’s Boston Marathon such as how many people ran it.
Dr. Larry: Over 27,000 participants started the marathon and 97% completed it. This was the 120th running of the race and the 50th year anniversary since the first woman ran it. In 1966, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb sneaked into the race and ran it in 3 hours and 21 minutes. She paved the way for women to finally be welcomed as official entrants into the Boston Marathon in 1972. It had previously been thought that women were not capable of running the 26.2 distance of a marathon! The fact that over 12,000 women ran in this year’s Boston Marathon shows you how much times and attitudes have changed from the way they were 5 decades ago.
NCHB: “Does anything in particular stand out for you with respect to the experience of running Boston?”
Dr. Larry: “I would definitely say it was the positive atmosphere around the marathon– the total involvement of the Boston area people. There were about 3/4 of a million people who lined the marathon course during the race, with bands playing, tons of signs of encouragement and of course the never-to-be-forgotten cheering of the women of Wellesley College. You could begin to hear them screaming from about a half kilometer back!”
NCHB: “Are you planning to run it again? I understand that the time you ran automatically qualifies you to run it next year if you choose to.”
Dr. Larry: “If I can get some of my running friends to do it with me in order that they can also experience it, then I would definitely love to do it again. And of course, if my aging body holds together for another year!”
NCHB: “Is there anything else you would like to add?”
Dr. Larry: “I think a couple of things. I’d like to say again how encouraged I was by the people of Boston. My wife and I were overwhelmed with the amount of support I received from complete strangers there! Perhaps since the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 the people seem to have placed themselves squarely behind their marathon and are standing strong together to support it.
Also, I want to remind people of my goal for running the Boston Marathon this time…it was for raising financial support for the kids at Ngorika Children’s Home in Kenya. These kids have educational hopes and dreams just as your kids and mine do, but as orphans of the AIDS crisis that has devastated so much of Africa, their chances of realizing those dreams are much lower. I want to try to help them do that and I hope that those who read and see this will help out by donating to this great cause. It’s not too late to do that!”
NCHB: “Thanks for doing this for Ngorika Children’s Home, Dr. Larry. The board really appreciates your efforts in this!”