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I fell very privileged to to be on Team MR8 and run in honor of Martin Richard and to help spread his message of "No more hurting people - Peace".
Bill Richard, Martin's father, is the VP of my company EST Associates and has been very enthusiastic with his support of my running goals, one of which was to run the Boston Marathon. Our companies headquarters is located just outside of Boston. I was able to qualify for Boston and ran in the 2012 Boston Marathon. Bill met me at the marathon expo in 2012 to wish me luck and have lunch with me. Running the 2012 Boston Marathon was amazing, the crowd support from the people of Boston just blew me away, and running on this historic course after finally qualifying was a dream come true.
I did not run the 2013 Boston Marathon, but once you run Boston you are forever bonded to that race. I spoke to Bill the Friday before the race and he joked with me that I should have deferred my 2012 race (the weather was very hot that year) since the weather on April 15, 2013 was going to be perfect for the Marathon. Bill was looking forward to going to the race with his family to enjoy the beautiful day and cheer on the runners. When I heard that there was a bombing at the Marathon I immediately called Bill, of course he did not answer. I sent a text, still no reply. I was getting a little worried so I called our Needham, MA office to see if anyone had heard from Bill. No one had so I was put through to the president of EST, and as I was talking to him to see if he had heard from Bill, he told me that Bill was calling his cell phone so I hung up so he could talk to Bill. When he called me back in a few minutes he told me what had happened. My heart sank, as a father I could not imagine what Bill was going through. Losing a child to this senseless act of violence, why…….
Please help me support TEAM MR8 and carry on Martin's message of "No more hurting people-PEACE" through education, athletics and community.