Before And After Photos: 8 Runners In The Boston Marathon

Jannine Myers waves as she runs near the Boston Marathon halfway point in Wellesley, Mass., on Monday. Myers is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR. i i

hide captionJannine Myers waves as she runs near the Boston Marathon halfway point in Wellesley, Mass., on Monday. Myers is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR.

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Jannine Myers waves as she runs near the Boston Marathon halfway point in Wellesley, Mass., on Monday. Myers is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR.

Jannine Myers waves as she runs near the Boston Marathon halfway point in Wellesley, Mass., on Monday. Myers is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR.

Courtesy of Jannine Myers

For 10 weeks we followed these eight runners as they trained for the 118th Boston Marathon. On the day of the race we asked each of them to send us a picture of themselves before they hit the course and after they finished. Capturing the ups and downs of the day, this is what it looks like to stare 26.2 miles in the face.

The NPR8 Before And After

  • Eric Ashe

    Going into the race, Ashe was feeling nervous. He ended the marathon feeling disappointed that he missed his goal time.

    hide captionGoing into the race, Ashe was feeling nervous. He ended the marathon feeling disappointed that he missed his goal time.

    Courtesy of Eric Ashe

    Ashe, 25, pounded out 100 miles a week in training with the goal of breaking 2:18 in Boston, which would have qualified him to run in the U.S. Olympic trials. In the end, he missed his mark by a few minutes. An accomplished runner who coaches at UMass-Boston and BU, Eric ran — and won — his first marathon in October 2012 (in Cape Cod).

    - Bib number 133

    - Goal time: 2:18

    - Actual time: 2:21

  • Amanda Burgess

    Before the race, Burgess was feeling excited and relaxed. Despite the physical pain, she was feeling relief and closure after the marathon.

    hide captionBefore the race, Burgess was feeling excited and relaxed. Despite the physical pain, she was feeling relief and closure after the marathon.

    Courtesy of Amanda Burgess

    Burgess, 36, was less than a mile away from finishing in 2013 when the race was stopped. Her two kids were waiting at the finish line. She returned this year "to give my son the strength to hear thunder, listen to fireworks and not panic at the sound of a fire truck." She's also a triathlete.

    - Bib number 33130

    - Goal time: 4:00

    - Actual time: 5:19

  • Demi Clark

    Before, Clark was feeling wistful and anxious but after the marathon she felt victorious. "Boston got their day back!" i i

    hide captionBefore, Clark was feeling wistful and anxious but after the marathon she felt victorious. "Boston got their day back!"

    Courtesy of Demi Clark
    Before, Clark was feeling wistful and anxious but after the marathon she felt victorious. "Boston got their day back!"

    Before, Clark was feeling wistful and anxious but after the marathon she felt victorious. "Boston got their day back!"

    Courtesy of Demi Clark

    Clark, 37, was bib number 21724 in the 2013 race, among the last runners to receive an official time as the bombs went off. A tattoo on her right shoulder says "I still rise," words that helped carry her to the finish of this year's race.

    - Bib number 27968

    - Goal time: under 4:00

    - Finish time: 4:01

  • Matthew Conlon

    Conlon suffered from terrible sunburn but his favorite part of the race was the crowd. "They were so supportive and loud. It was just incredible how much love they were pouring out to the runners," he said. i i

    hide captionConlon suffered from terrible sunburn but his favorite part of the race was the crowd. "They were so supportive and loud. It was just incredible how much love they were pouring out to the runners," he said.

    Courtesy of Matthew Conlon
    Conlon suffered from terrible sunburn but his favorite part of the race was the crowd. "They were so supportive and loud. It was just incredible how much love they were pouring out to the runners," he said.

    Conlon suffered from terrible sunburn but his favorite part of the race was the crowd. "They were so supportive and loud. It was just incredible how much love they were pouring out to the runners," he said.

    Courtesy of Matthew Conlon

    Conlon, 23, is a graduate student at UMass-Boston. He ran his first Boston Marathon in 2012, raising money for a local hospital where he plays guitar for chemotherapy patients. A spectator in 2013, he ran this year to raise money for a scholarship in memory of bombing victim Krystle Campbell.

    - Bib number 27935

    - Goal time: 3:20

    - Actual time: 3:48

  • Dawn Castillo Harper

    Going into the race, Harper was excited to make new memories at the Boston Marathon after reliving the events and emotions from the 2013 marathon.

    hide captionGoing into the race, Harper was excited to make new memories at the Boston Marathon after reliving the events and emotions from the 2013 marathon.

    Courtesy of Dawn Castillo Harper

    Harper, 29, is a new Bostonian, by way of Louisiana, who made it to 25.5 miles before the bombs went off in 2013. This time around, she raised money for the Watertown Police Foundation, the community where the surviving bombing suspect was apprehended.

    - Bib number 34699

    - Goal time: 3:35

    - Actual time: 4:25

  • Jannine Myers

    Myers was feeling overwhelmed and emotional with all of the messages of support before the race. After the race she was thankful that so many people believed in her and her cause, which was to raise money for a friend's 8-year-old son who has leukemia.

    hide captionMyers was feeling overwhelmed and emotional with all of the messages of support before the race. After the race she was thankful that so many people believed in her and her cause, which was to raise money for a friend's 8-year-old son who has leukemia.

    Courtesy of Jannine Myers

    Myers, 43, is a New Zealander married to a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, Japan. She qualified but skipped Boston last year so she could run in California with a group of friends. "I feel truly blessed that I opted to go to Napa Valley instead. But now ... it's on my heart to run in honor of those who were victims of [last] year's brutal terrorist attack."

    - Bib number 18298

    - Goal time: 3:30

    - Actual time: 3:39

  • Amelia Nelson

    Before the race, Nelson was feeling a mix of anxiety, fear and excitement. "I am very excited to have a beautiful, joyful day and get to that finish line come hell or high water!"

    hide captionBefore the race, Nelson was feeling a mix of anxiety, fear and excitement. "I am very excited to have a beautiful, joyful day and get to that finish line come hell or high water!"

    Courtesy of Amelia Nelson

    Nelson, 27, is a nurse who volunteered to work the 2013 race. She was assigned to "Zone 1," the finish-line area. As she told us, she saw things that day that no one should ever have to see. Since then, she's been running to "heal, running to forget, running to process." Boston 2014 was her first-ever marathon, running with other members of the "Zone 1 Warriors."

    - Bib number 28108

    - Goal time: finish

    - Actual time: 4:56

  • Arielle Rausin

    Leading up to the marathon Rausin felt that all she could do was trust. "Trust that I've put enough miles in, trust that I've prepped my equipment to be the best it can be and trust myself to know I can do this."

    hide captionLeading up to the marathon Rausin felt that all she could do was trust. "Trust that I've put enough miles in, trust that I've prepped my equipment to be the best it can be and trust myself to know I can do this."

    Courtesy of Arielle Rausin

    Rausin, 20, is a University of Illinois student and wheelchair track athlete. She'd been working hard and finally qualified for Boston last summer in Minnesota, where she beat her personal record by 30 minutes.

    - Bib number W112

    - Goal time: 2:13

    - Actual time: 2:17

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