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Running Toward Boylston: The #NPR8

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Mar 20, 2014 11:17 AM
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NPR follows (#NPR8) eight runners as they train and take on the 2014 Boston Marathon in April. Follow the runners on Tumblr and tune in before and after the race for stories on All Things Considered.

On April 21, all eyes will be on Boston as runners stream down Boylston Street to the finish line of the greatest marathon of them all. On everyone's mind will be the day one year earlier when bombs exploded in this very stretch, bringing one of America's great cities to a standstill as it frantically searched for the people behind the attacks.

But what does it take to get there? What does it take to run 26.2 miles, to reach the Boston finish line? Over the next 11 weeks, follow along with eight runners training for the 2014 Boston Marathon. They'll each post to the Tumblr every week, sharing their stories, strategies and experiences.

At the end, the events of 2013 will be on everyone's mind. But the reality of Boston, as it has always been, is that it's a race against time and pain and an unforgiving course. It's a story of triumph over adversity. And it will be no different in 2014 as the #NPR8 cross the finish line on Boylston Street, each achieving their own personal measure of success.

The first on air story on April 15 on All Things Considered on witf weaves together the training experience in the runners' own voices.

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