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Boston Marathon in the gear

Trinidad and Tobago national is bib 288 in 2018 race

Battoo trains in worst snow conditions: Blizzard on the Charles River

On your mark, get set, go! And they’re off, and we at Los Angeles Post-Examiner continue to keep an eye on Trinidad and Tobago citizen, Christopher Battoo, who entered his sixth Boston Marathon race today, in stormy weather.

Los Angeles Post Examiner journalist, based in Trinidad and Tobago, Marcia Braveboy, put four quick questions to Battoo, about the 2018 race.

Do you have any reason to be optimistic or pessimistic about Monday’s marathon run? If so, why in both or either instance?

I’m only slightly pessimistic because of the storm that’s supposed to be hitting Boston on Marathon Monday. The wind is supposed to be bad — a bad headwind. I’m not sure if I’ll hit my goal and will have to make adjustments during the race based on the weather. But I’m going out with a positive mindset. My training the past eight months has been really strong, and I’m in shape for a new PR. It’s too bad I can’t control the weather.

Do you have the figures on registrants for this year’s run? If so, is it bigger and brighter than before? Is the event growing or waning?

Battoo at Harvard University stadium after coming third in Hyannis

The marathon has definitely gotten more popular, and more competitive. The cut-off time for qualification keeps dropping, which means the field is getting bigger. It’s a prestigious marathon, before and after the bombing, but ever since the bombing, more people have become aware of the event and they want to participate in the race.

What impact, if any, does the Boston bombing have on participants of the event?

It gives the runners a sense of purpose. I think…, greater than just personal growth and accomplishment. Running a marathon is a great feat, but when you run Boston, you run for this city, for the survivors, and especially for the victims of the bombing. I met a brother of one of victims yesterday at Meb’s talk at the expo. He’s running Boston this year, and he was excited and proud to run in the memory of his brother. The bombing was tragic and scary—I was there, having just finished my first marathon, only about 150 meters away from where the first bomb went off—but people have really come together in the aftermath.

Battoo trains in sun or snow: At Harvard University Stadium

Tell me what’s new to the game this year? What can people look forward to that’s different in either a good or bad way?

The American team is looking stronger this year, both the men and women. And there’s more runners this year from my home country of Trinidad and Tobago. I believe there’s six runners this year. The expo this year was at the World Trade Center in the seaport; usually it’s at Hynes Convention Center, which is right on Boylston Street where the race finishes. There’s always tons of events on Boylston Street, so it’s kind of a shame that the expo was so far away this year, but Boylston Street did seem less crowded with tourists this year—which is nice for a Bostonian like me. Back in August, a memorial park for Martin Richard also opened in the seaport waterfront.

My bib number is 288, wave 1, corral 1, and I’ll be running with the Greater Boston Track Club.

Trinidad and Tobago makes it mark in the game

Sjaelan Evans, with Christopher Battoo, lives in the capital, Port of Spain. She is 31 years old and is for the first time, running the Boston marathon.

 

Lindsay Mies who is 30 years old, is also from Trinidad and Tobago,and his running in her first Boston Marathon. She now lives in Tennessee, USA

And look, it’s Natalie Dorset! She was a hit in today’s race. She is Trini to the bone, like Lindsay and Sjaelan. Natalie is 51 years old. Woo Hooo … Battoo says the girls are fast and he is expecting big from them in today’s race.

Read the 2018 account of triumph over evil after the Boston Marathon 2013 bombing HERE.

Photos provided by Marcia Braveboy

 

 

 


About the author

Marcia Braveboy

Marcia Braveboy is a journalist from Grenada based in Trinidad and Tobago. She has over 20 years experience in media; mainly in copy writing, news and broadcast journalism. Braveboy was a senior reporter at Power 102 FM radio, CNC3 television and producer of the investigative Frontline program on CCN’s i95.5 FM talk-radio station. You can follow Marcia on Twitter: @mbraveboy Contact the author.
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