by Boston Marathonvia twitter4/15/2019 12:45:46 PM
'Stay calm, be positive'
Annabel Flunker, 48, and Linda Siino, 61, took shelter underneath the facade of the Four Seasons hotel on Boylston Street as the rain tapered off. The pair, who roomed together at the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015 after meeting through mutual friends, don’t think the weather should define their first Boston Marathon experience.
“That’s not the story that I want,” said, Flunker, an Atlanta resident. “‘She was walking to the [Boston Marathon] and got struck by lightning.’ That’s not the headline I want. ‘She made it through the rain,’ that’s the headline I want.”
Though they think the weather may slow them down, Flunker and Siino, who is from San Francisco, are focused on taking in the course and its atmosphere.
“We’re just trying to stay calm and be positive,” Siino said.
— Jenna Ciccotelli, Globe Correspondent
Rachel G Bowers, Producer4/15/2019 12:51:15 PM
Just drizzling now on Boylston Street, but there’s a chill in the air that wasn’t there at 6 a.m. More people on the street as the rest of the world wakes up on Marathon Monday.
by Jenna Ciccotellivia twitter4/15/2019 12:51:57 PM
This is how Andrew Everett describes his emotions when he sees the marathoners (especially wheelchair athletes) speed by him each year.
Everett, who has spina bifida, is a volunteer at Hydration Station 20, right at the origin of the Heartbreak Hill infamous incline. He has been volunteering for 13 years at this same spot.
This year, Everett is cheering on Tatyana McFadden, an Russian-born athlete who also has spina bifida. She has been a Boston Marathon champion five times.
“She doesn’t let anything stop her,” Everett said. “To watch her roll by, to see she doesn’t let the disability she has stop her from doing what she wants, from living her life — it’s just an amazing thing to witness. It doesn’t get old.”