In a marathon for the ages, a rush of volunteers

Elisabeth Worthing coordinates the volunteers for the Boston Marathon.
Elisabeth Worthing, volunteer program manager for the Boston Athletic Association, said that organizers had no trouble reaching their goal to recruit 10,000 volunteers.Lane Turner / Boston Globe

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Two days after last year’s Boston Marathon, in a swirl of fury and grief over the fatal bombings, Bob Andy made a vow. Next April, he told his wife, he was going to run it himself.

It was a fine idea, she replied. There was just one problem.

“You have one huge strike against you,” Andy recalled her saying. “You don’t run.”

But Andy, 42, felt he had to try. Runner or not, he felt compelled to be part of the race’s triumphant return, to be counted in a city’s defiant tribute.

“All I kept thinking is that it could have been me, standing there with my kids,” he said. “I wanted to do something. I wanted to make a difference, somehow.”

Andy, who in January joined the One Fund Boston team, has held to his vow, inspired like so many others to reclaim a beloved Boston holiday, honor the bombing victims, and experience a marathon like no other.

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