Jason Parr’s aching Achilles’ heel became more inflamed near the halfway point of Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Parr stopped at a medical tent, where he was told he should stop. He didn’t. Instead, he asked the staff to tape his ankle. He got back out on the 26.2 mile course and limped home far slower than he had expected, in 3 hours, 40 minutes and 48 seconds.
“It was one of the greatest experiences I ever had in my life,” an enthusiastic Parr said Wednesday from his Kansas City home.
Parr and four other area runners who overcame different obstacles to make it to the marathonwere featured in my Star story last Sunday
. Parr, diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy at birth, raised several thousand dollars for Team Hoyt, a father-son team that for more than 30 years has raised money at the Boston Marathon to help people with disabilities.
The four other area runners also completed the historic race during an emotional day for Boston and the estimated 1 million people who watched it in person, just a year after two bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line.
Here’s how the others fared:
• Ali Hatfield Mohsen celebrated her 28th birthday on Monday, completing the marathon in 3:39:14.
• Marc Hardin — on the 13th anniversary of the stroke that he suffered on April 21, 2001 — finished in 4:22:51.
• Bobby Fernandez was true to his word. He had said he would enjoy the race rather than try to run it super fast. He finished in 4:37:40, still a respectable time for a person 68 years old.
• I saw Jeff Maher near the start of the marathon among the crowd of more than 32,000 runners who began the race. He carried a small portable camera with him and, during the marathon, talked to people all along the course. He soon expects to put together a completed highlight film of the experience. Maher completed the race in a leisurely 5:07:00.
These five all enjoyed their opportunities to be among the thousands who celebrated the return of the Boston Marathon in 2014 to its place as one of America’s classic sporting events.