Students race in marathon

By Torunn Hansen-Tangen/Beacon Staff

Forget about the times you made it to the T-station in less than a minute or all the times you rushed into the classroom just as your professor was about to mark you absent. It feels good to have made it, but nothing can compare to the feeling you get after running the Boston Marathon.

Six Emerson students accomplished this after participating in the 26.2 mile marathon last Monday.

“[After running the marathon] you have proved to yourself that you can do anything,” senior Johan Carlstrom, a Swedish student who completed the marathon in 4 hours and 27 seconds, said.

The runners were proud of their accomplishment but were surprised at how tired they were after the marathon.

“It feels like I have been running twenty six miles,” freshman Dennis Starr, who finished with a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes, said.

“I’ll never do it again,” junior Allen Agaieth, a student from Tunisia who completed the run in 5 hours, 2 seconds, said.

Freshman Daniil Babaev (Russia, 4 hours, 26 seconds), Carlstrom, senior Addy Biron (Israel, 5 hours, 3 seconds), sophomore Henrique Almeida (Portugal, 4 hours, 27 seconds), Starr and Mgaieth were hoping to stick together throughout the race, but after ten miles they parted.

Even so, they did not feel alone as the crowd cheered and inspired them on the way.

“It was the crowd and due to the flag that I made it,” Biron said referring to the big Israeli flag he had tied to his back.

“I ran with an official runner. I thought that would be a good idea … they were talking on the way and supporting each other,” Babaev said.

The race began at Hopkinton and went through eight cities, including Boston. After the downhill from Ashland and through the flat landscape in Framingham and Natick, the students said they received extra inspiration as they passed Wellesley, seeing several college women lined up to cheer the runners.

“That is how we made it through,” Biron said.

After Wellesley they ran into Newton, the city before the legendary Heartbreak Hill. Brookline was next, followed by Kenmore Square where thousands of people lined up to cheer the runners on. According to Biron that was when he had to divide the route up so he would not get exhausted.

“Every intersection and red light was my next goal,” Biron said. It was not only the crowd that kept them going, but also the thousands of running mates. “If someone bumped into each other, they would say sorry,” Carlstrom said.

According to the five this is the first and last year they will ever run the marathon.

The Boston Marathon is the oldest and most prestigious annual marathon in the world. It started in 1897 with gold medalist sprinter Tom Burke.

That marathon had only 18 men, as opposed to this year’s over 12,000, who began at a starting line drawn by Burke’s boots. Instead of shooting a gun, which he did not have, to start the race, he shouted “Go,” and one of the biggest marathons was started.

That was the beginning of an event that became so popular that it continues to attract the best marathon runners in the world, including students from Emerson.

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