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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review, 4:09:43

Anyone that ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 remembers where they were when the bombs went off.  The title reflects the numbers on the finish line clock when the first bomb exploded.

Author and Runner's World Contributing Editor tells the story of some of those runners.  Higdon was coaching dozens of runners in the race that year.  He started by posting a good luck message on his facebook site. the day before the race. After the explosions he took to facebook to assess how runners were doing. He thought no one would want to return. He found quite the opposite.

After the event he started to piece together the story of runners gleaned from blog posts, stories posted on facebook and emails he received.

He follows 75 runners from the time they board the buses in the Boston Commons, continues with them as they experience the wait in the athletes village and follows them as they race through the eight small towns along the course.  Their stories are poignant and personal.

As someone that has run Boston, their observations of running the course ring true. Their experience was my experience. If you have ever run Boston you will be familiar with the experiences they share.
If you haven't run the race, the author weaves a seamless story of what it is like to run this race.

What is so strong about this story is the runner's reaction to the bombings and their determination to return to the race they love.  As Amby Burfoot has said about this book, " Higdon's book is full of inspiring stories that reflect how running's worst day may also have been it's best".

If you were not there they day of the bombing or have ever wondered what it is like to run this iconic race, this book is a must read.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 1756 members in 31 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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