Community supports Marathon runners

By Krista DeJulio & Tristan Davis – Co-Editor-Chief & Features Editor

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Remember what you did on Marathon Monday. Did you run 26.2 miles? You probably didn’t, but sophomore fashion merchandising student Tess Dooley did something few from the Lasell community have. She ran 26.2 miles, accomplishing her first Boston Marathon. 

While the Lasell community loves participating in the marathon by cheering on runners and attending the concert in the Arnow Quad, it’s easy to forget these runners are average people, most running for a cause.

At mile 17 of the marathon on Commonwealth Avenue, the Lasell community was able to cheer on Dooley as she ran past her school, and classmates.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, spanning eight Massachusetts towns, starting in Hopkinton, and ending in Boston on Boylston Street. The marathon takes place each year on Patriots’ Day, a day observed for commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

Dooley played sports throughout high school, but never considered herself a runner. She ran two half-marathons before signing up for the Cape Cod Marathon as an impulse a week before the race took place.

“One thing led to the other and I became serious,” said Dooley. “It’s realizing what you can accomplish. People say all the time ‘I could never do this,’ but that was me. I used to watch and not understand how these people do it. When you see yourself reach one goal, you want to set another one and reach that and the feeling of reaching those goals is insane.”

Before the race, Dooley went home to Barnstable, MA to spend time with her family. The day of race, her family watched from mile 16 on Commonwealth Avenue, then met her at the finish line. After, her family gathered at her aunt’s house in Newton to celebrate her 26.2 miles

“Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it. I mean that in the most sincere way. I would never think that I can do this and here I am,” advised Dooley. “If you want to do it, do it. If you want to do it, you’ll find a way and it’s so worth it.”

The money Dooley raised for running in the marathon will be donated to Lasell scholarships, through the Lasell Alumni Association. All scholarships given to students are given out through this department.

“People don’t realize how important scholarships are. I wouldn’t be here without one and being able to raise money for it is just great,” said Dooley. “I’m just so grateful to the Alumni Association and everybody who gave me the opportunity. When they told me I got a number I was in tears.”

Chair of Mathematics and Science Department Professor Neil Hatem has officially run the Marathon four times, once even under the name of Celtics legend Larry Bird.

Hatem did not run this year, but like Dooley, advises anyone who thinks they are capable of running to run.

“It had always been on my bucket list of things to do,” said Hatem. “My goal in my mid-age crisis of running was not to actually run it competitively, but just to finish it.”

One of Hatem’s official years as a runner was 2013, the year of the Boston Marathon bombing.

“At that point I’d run 25.7 miles so I didn’t really find out until the ride home. I had to wait an hour before I knew anything. You heard rumors. Once I found out I remember breaking down and almost crying because I had gotten 100 text messages,” said Hatem. “They had shut the phones off. Then when you finally got them all, it all sunk in. It was a pretty emotional day.”

“After I finished and crossed the line I was so anxious to hug my family and let them know how every runner next to me was jealous of my fan crowd and how loud they were,” said Dooley.

Off the course, Lasell students couldn’t have asked for better weather. Temperatures hit the mid-70s by the early afternoon, and families and students alike enjoyed the food, refreshments, and warmth. Children lined Woodland Road with lemonade stands, promising to donate their profits to the marathon. Two Ethiopian natives won the elite races; Lemi Berhanu Hayle for the men’s at 2:12:44 , and Atsede Baysa for  the women at 2:29:18.

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