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Eugene the Careful A
RE: So then, how did Bill Rodgers do this in 1979????
At the time of the 1979 Boston Marathon, I was 11, almost 12. My dad qualified for Boston that year and my family made the trip up to Massachusetts to catch the race - my mom grew up in southern Mass near Providence, RI, so we stayed with my grandparents. Two days before the race, I came down with a wicked stomach flu and I was unable to join everyone along the course to watch my dad race. Instead, I spent the day in my grandpa's favorite recliner, alternately switching between the race coverage and watching my (then) beloved Red Sox lose to the Indians. I remember that, on balance, I was far happier in the warm comfort of my grandparents den than my two older brothers were out in the rain and chill along the racecourse, despite the stomach flu.

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