Charles Monahan '62 | April 19, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
“Unless it’s Boston it is only a qualifier.”
“Some finish lines are more important than others. That’s what happens in Boston.”
These are just two of the poster slogans hanging on my wall. The only marathons for which a runner has to qualify are the Olympics (every four years) and Boston (every year). Only the best worldwide marathons are Boston qualifiers. For long distance runners the Boston is both Mecca and Jerusalem and it’s the world’s oldest annual marathon. Yet into this environment came unspeakable evil. But through that evil, the world, and I, witnessed tremendous good.