Miramonte Alum Runs Boston Marathon

Georgia Briskey, Sports Editor

Miramonte alum, Adam Roeder participated in the Boston Marathon this past week, and not only finished with an impressive time of 2:48.04, but was also lucky enough to not be present at the race when the explosions took place.

Roeder currently attends the University of California, Santa Barbara, and started a running club when he found out there wasn’t one. After running in the San Francisco Marathon this past July and qualifying for the Boston Marathon, Roeder went out on a whim and decided to train for the marathon.

The process of Roeder’s marathon training was 16 weeks of workouts at race pace and hill interval running. A cross country and track and field participant at Miramonte, Roeder handled this training easily and his anticipation for the race grew with each day of training. When it came to the day of the marathon, Roeder was not only physically prepared, but mentally as well. Roeder knew the lengthy race required heavy concentration, and once the race began, Roeder was 100 percent focused.

He strategically ran more conservatively the first half of the race in order to save his energy for the grueling and more hilly second half. His strategy proved to be a success as he maintained a pace of 6:25 per mile and finishing with an impressive time of 2:48.04.

Roeder admits his exhaustion hit him at the “1 Mile To Go” marker, but his motivation to finish strong pushed him to give it everything he had left. Once he crossed the finish line, Roeder couldn’t stop his body from moving because he had been running for such a long time.

“The race volunteers handed me the finish line amenities and I tried to say thanks, but instead I just hobbled away and attempted to catch my breath,” Roeder said.

After his race, Roeder headed back to his hotel to relax. Just about an hour later, three explosions went off in Downtown Boston, close to where he had just finished running.

“Although my hotel was a few blocks away, I was unaware of the situation until a few minutes later,” Roeder said.

This was when his friend frantically messaged him asking if he had heard about the explosion.

Roeder was stunned when he heard this.

“When a terrorist attack occurs in the middle of a great and peaceful city like Boston, especially during its state holiday and largest athletic event, I can’t see any motives in the matter. The price of a human life is something that nobody can take for granted,” Roeder said.