Dave Coyne: "Boston Strong: Finishing what was not completed"

Updated: 04/21/2014 5:39 PM
Created: 04/21/2014 5:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit

Dave Coyne ran his first Boston Marathon in 1969. His brother wanted a running partner. Dave physically couldn’t finish that race. Forty-four years later, he once again did not finish the marathon, this time around for a different reason. Dave ran 25 and half miles. He was two blocks away from completing the Boston Marathon and then chaos ensued.

Dave Coyne said, “I saw more police cars and ambulances than I have ever seen in my life.”

Coyne, along with fellow runners didn't move. He stood still in the middle of the street for 30 minutes, waiting to cross the finish line. He began to realize the enormity of the situation and that’s when Dave's concerns shifted.

Coyne said, “Now you start thinking, my brother is at the finish line.” 

Standing next to another runner who feared for her son, Dave and a complete stranger kept one another other calm. Dave eventually met up with his brother. It was the embrace between a women and her son that will stay with Dave forever.

Coyne said, “They had a joyous reunion and cried and I finally got to talk to the kid. I said ‘how close were you to the bomb’. He said, ‘look’. He was covered with other people’s blood. He has shrapnel marks on his forehead and on his head. That affected me probably more than anything.”

Lost in the tragedy for Dave was his 42nd running of the marathon, a number that seems so insignificant. Running Boston Marathon number 43 is a number providing hope.

Coyne said, “We are still healing and I think this year's race is going to put the cap on that and we are going to run Boston Strong.”

Dave finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in just under four hours. He will qualify for his 44th Boston Marathon. 

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