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Marathon Challenge

Video Diaries

For Team NOVA, training for the Boston Marathon was an odyssey full of pitfalls, small triumphs, and transformations. Along the way, the runners recorded their innermost thoughts in e-mails to one another, Coach Don Megerle, and NOVA's producers. Here, delve into four intensely personal stories, told through interviews, e-mails, and other notes. You can also watch short videos of the runners sharing their sagas firsthand.—Susan K. Lewis


Betsey Powers-Sinclair

"I had gained 70 pounds over the past three years. And I knew I needed something this drastic to come through that."
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Jonathan Bush

"I was in a difficult place personally. And there was something reassuring about joining a group to do something healthy for me.… Pierre also told me I needed to meet girls and that there would be all these girls in the marathon."
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Sama ElBannan

"I decided to run the marathon because I wanted to do something for my mom … just do something for mom’s memory and for my family."
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Steve DeOssie

"I am designed and built specifically to run five yards and hit something with a lot of violence. … If I’d had rubber tires or blocking dummies along the 26 miles, I think it would have been a lot more comfortable for me"
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Videos produced by Melissa Salpietra and Susan K. Lewis. Edited by Melissa Salpietra. Original footage produced by Daniel McCabe and Hillary Wells.

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