Alyshah Hasham, a reporter for the Toronto Star, provided this introduction to my 2014 Boston story in her front page article the next day:
In Monday’s early-morning darkness, Jean-Paul Bedard and his wife Mary-Anne stood together at the Boston marathon finish line.
He was about to run the marathon twice, an extraordinary feat of endurance, but one that hardly compares to his past year.
When he last ran this route last year, it was just weeks after Bedard revealed to his family that he had been sexually abused as a child.
The resurgence of those terrible memories nearly overcame him halfway through the race, forcing him to collapse on the pavement in tears. He regrouped and made it over the finish line 20 minutes before the two bombs went off, killing three people and injuring more than 200.
The experience left the Toronto English teacher with post-traumatic stress disorder, and he vowed never to return.
But he changed his mind after he found support at the Gatehouse Treatment Centre, a charity that helps survivors of sexual abuse.
He decided not just to run the Boston marathon again, but to do it twice.
As it says on his grey singlet: “Once for me and once for all the other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.”
Here are a handful of posts I put up on social media to document the day.
It's show time! It's 3:00 am and we are up and eating. Thanks to everyone I HIT MY FUNDRAISING GOAL! $15,500. I start running at 4:15 am. Yikes!
|Encouragement in Hopkinton!|
|More encouragement along the route!!|
|Encouragement from Team Hoyt!!!|
|Boston times two: 4:09 + 4:09|
|Look who I met!|
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