Boston, MA – How does one describe the 2014 Boston Marathon? You just had to be there…
“I couldn’t understand why I would sign-up for a race that requires one to put all their eggs in one basket (the marathon), but the 2014 Boston Marathon made me realize why I do. There is nothing that compares to this race.” – Nicolai Naranjo
The Men in Blue came into Hopkinton 13 Wolves Strong on Patriot’s Day 2014. The Athlete Village was glowing with energy and the Pack from out West was doing nothing short of adding to its glare. Community; this became the immediate theme of the day.
“I was lucky to have my teammates at my side. They took my mind off the race in the early stages and I must say, striding alongside Bric (Mathew Weissinger) was the most enjoyable part of the run. We might have even stopped for a quick kiss in the Scream Tunnel.” – Kevin Johnson
The Men would find themselves in 4th of the 83 teams at the Half, with Jesse Regnier leading through in 1:11:44.
“Through the second half of this race there were WMDP fans going nuts along the road. I constantly found myself throwing my arms up and riding the energy of the crowd. This was hands down the best racing experience of my life.” – Jesse Regnier
The second half of the race includes the Newton Hills, capping off with the infamous Heartbreak Hill leading up to the 21st Mile Marker. When a hill has a name, fear that hill…
“I was grinding up Heartbreak and that’s when DJ (Dave Johnson) told me to go for it. I grinded and the wheels came off a bit towards the ends, but I went for it. I’ve never been more proud to be a part of WMDP.” – Mathew Weissinger
On the other side of Heartbreak the road is open, lonely, and, on this particular Patriot’s Day, it was hot. The body screams “No!”, but it doesn’t have the choice; the mind has already made the decision. Beacon Street is where that investment must be gripped tight.
“I was dreaming about turning right on Hereford and left on Boylston since mile 17 and it was better than I imagined. Time didn’t matter, my legs were beat up and I was exhausted but I still had enough to soak it up. I turned onto Boylston and raised my hands to pump the crowd up and it was so loud it actually shook me from the inside. It almost rattled me off my feet.” -Sean Duncan
The crowd may need the runners to have something to cheer for, but more than can even be expressed in words, the runners need the crowd. In the final miles of the 2014 Boston Marathon the crowd more than delivered.
“By the finish of Heartbreak I had punched my one-way ticket aboard the Struggle Bus to Boylston Street. I was riding the energy from Jesse (Regnier) who was pumping up the crowd. I have always looked up to Jesse, and again I felt myself admiring him for really soaking up the atmosphere and promoting the spirit of the marathon. This was a great day to be part of the running community.” – David Johnson
Kevin would go on to negative split the course by over two minutes and lead the WMDP Men to a 2nd Overall finish, besting all but the hosts, the BAA Unicorns. The crowd showing support for the Men in Blue along the course were just as much a part of it as the Wolves themselves.
There wasn’t an officer, official, volunteer, spectator, or runner in Boston on April 21st, 2014 that didn’t understand full well what it means to Respect the Process.
WMDP Top Finishers:
1) Kevin Johnson – 2:26:14
2) Sean Duncan – 2:27:02
3) Jason Ayr – 2:27:36
4) Nicolai Naranjo – 2:28:47
5) David Johnson – 2:32:15
6) Jesse Regnier – 2:32:20
7) Mathew Weissinger – 2:33:29