Editor’s note: Steve McQuade is a line producer for HLN News Now. He is a Massachusetts native, avid cyclist and fan of the Boston Marathon.
I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, some 30 miles outside Boston. Although I've lived in Atlanta since 1984, I still love all things about my home state and Boston, one of the greatest cities in the world.
I work here at HLN and spent part of my day on April 15, Patriot's Day, bringing what happened at the Boston Marathon to my audience. I've seen lots of bad things in my nearly 30 years in this business, but this was one of the toughest days I can recall.
While I'm not a runner anymore, I love the sport and this event in particular. I have great memories of watching Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit and Johnny Kelley run from Hopkinton (the marathon’s starting point) to Boston.
My wife, Roberta, is a marathoner. She has run more than 35 marathons, and I've been there for many of them. She has run Boston. I saw her at the top of Heartbreak Hill. She raised money for Children's Hospital, where her sister Martha was treated for kidney disease back in the '60s.
Atlanta has an awesome running community. We’ve volunteered at countless events here in the city and run our share of them. When we met Rodgers, a four-time Boston Marathon winner, at the Marathon Expo the year Roberta ran that historic race, he said, "Atlanta, awesome hills for training. People don't realize that. Good training for Boston.”
I'm never going to run Boston, but I have lots of friends who have. And I have lots of friends who want to. And I know more people want to run it now, more than ever.
Next year, the 118th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, April 21, 2014.
I want to be there.
On Boylston Street.
At the finish line.
Who wants to be there with me?