Now that the dust has settled and I’ve had a chance to reflect on how amazing the 2016 Boston Marathon experience was, I first need to say that I am so fortunate to have been offered a bib from the AT&T corporate team. Having qualified in late 2015, I would have to wait until fall of 2016 and hope that my time was buffered enough to make it into the 2017 race – that’s a long time waiting and lot of hoping. I am so very thankful that if the numbers aren’t in my favor, I’ve at least experienced the “magic” of Boston once because AT&T was generous enough to offer one of their coveted bibs to a non-employee.
This was definitely not my best marathon, but I wouldn’t trade or change anything. From the course itself to the running royalty I was fortunate enough to meet, I couldn’t ask for more. I felt nothing but pure joy to be there and for that, again, I thank AT&T. Even while lumbering up Heartbreak I’m pretty sure I had a stupid grin on my face. From there it only got better as I saw the most beautiful thing in the world…the Citgo sign and I momentarily wished it wouldn’t end. The iconic right on Hereford (Mount Hereford) and left on Boyleston were so much more than I imagined. My head was on a swivel as I looked around at the spectators and listened to the cheers; it was amazing. And then the finish – the blue and gold Boston Marathon finish line painted on the street – no words can even describe it. I had to look down and make sure it was my feet crossing the finish and it was really happening.
Boston is my 6th marathon, my worst marathon, but will always be my favorite marathon.
Donna McNamara – 2016 Boston Finisher, 2017 Boston Qualifier