Greenwich native Price proud to participate in One Run for Boston

Greenwich native and former Greenwich High track standout Kathryn Price, middle, stops for a photo with her husband, Tim, and friend Victoria Labriola at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Greenwich native and former Greenwich High track standout Kathryn Price, middle, stops for a photo with her husband, Tim, and friend Victoria Labriola at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

While nothing will never come close to emotion and overall experience of participating in last year’s One Run for Boston, former Greenwich High School track standout Kathryn Price also had a quite the memorable experience this time around as well.

After the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing, Price, who lives with her husband and daughter in Lynnfield, Mass. and is less than 30 minutes north of Boston, was simply devastated, just like the rest of the world.

Thanks to social media, Price, an avid runner, was able to do something to help the City of Boston, the running community and herself heal from the attack.

While surfing Facebook only a few weeks after the bombings took place, Price came across the One Run for Boston Facebook page and saw that there was going to be a run that started in Santa Monica, Calif. and concluded with tracing the final eight miles of the actual Boston Marathon route.

“The One Run is a different opportunity because it felt like this group of 500 people were going to cross the finish line and it felt like it was ours again,” Price said. “We took back the marathon. It was really healing. That first week was such a chaotic time, so it was an opportunity to put your own influence back on the sport and on life again.”

So fast-forward to the early morning hours of April 12 and the desire to help Boston, and the running community in general, continue its healing process was just as strong.

This year’s One Run for Boston traveled through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York before it crossed into Connecticut.

“I wanted to join again and I recruited friends here,” Price said. “I sent an email to all the girls that I could think of on my track team from high school and my sister, who lives in Westport.”

So at 1:45 a.m., it was time for the Greenwich to Darien section of the One Run, otherwise known at Stage 313. Joined by her sister, Jenny McGuinness, as well as former GHS track teammates Nicole Alcantra and Sara Samuels, Price took off on the 10-mile leg of the One Run. The leg started at the top of Greenwich Avenue and followed the Post Road the entire way until the runners crossed the finish line just outside Post Pizza in Darien at 3:45 a.m.

Greenwich native Kathryn Price poses for a group photo after completing the One Run for Boston Stage 313 from Greenwich to Darien.

Greenwich native Kathryn Price poses for a group photo after completing the One Run for Boston Stage 313 from Greenwich to Darien.

In addition to her sister and friends, Price had some additional support. Her parents, Jeffrey and Nancy Ramer of Riverside, as well as police officers from Greenwich, Stamford and Darien escorted the runners along their route.

What made this year’s One Run in Greenwich stand out was that Price was able to carry the One Run baton and a large American flag that joined the One Run when it was in Oklahoma. The baton actually traveled the entire route of this year’s One Run, from California to Boston.

 

“It was really neat to do,” Price said. My mom and dad were my support vehicle, and to have my sister there running with me was really special. The two girls that ran on my track team I haven’t seen for 16 years, so it was great to get a chance to reunite with them.”

While Stage 313 of the run was a wild success, Price wasn’t even close to finished. Two days later she returned home and joined up with the One Run for Boston in its final two legs. The first was a run that started at Waltham and ended at Brighton. From there, Price continued through the final leg, stage 336, that ended at the Boston Marathon finish line.

In total, both of the final two legs totaled 13 miles.

“It’s extremely emotional to finish at that finish line,” Price said. “To be there with people that had more taken away from the tragedy than I did, and to be with my friend who ran in the marathon that day, was amazing. You felt like you were in the presence of a place where lives were lost and such an act of violence happened and that was really emotional. I felt really proud and felt like I was doing something to take my sport back. I love running and it’s my outlet.”

As an avid runner, it made perfect sense for Price to participate in the One Run for Boston, which has raised just under $445,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Living so close to the event, Price still has the images of last year’s marathon are still fresh in her mind.

“For people who live around here, Marathon Monday is a huge event and everybody goes,” Price said. “I’ve stood on Boylston Street many times with my daughter. It really wasn’t a stretch for anybody that I knew from around here to put themselves in those shoes.”

Price loves to run, and that’s an understatement. She started running since before her competitive days as a member of the Cardinals. Since then she’s run in six half-marathons and one full marathon.

However instead of running the marathon or watching the runners darting down the marathon route on that faithful day one year ago, Price was at her parents, who still reside in town.

“My first thought was with my friend that was running,” Price said. “Cell phone service was down, so I couldn’t get through to her right away. We heard from her through text message shortly after. Once I knew she was OK, I was like everybody else. I was racking my brain to try to think of who was running. It’s a huge event and the running community is so close, so you most likely know people that are going and are running.”

Using an app on her phone, Price was able to log on and see where her college friend, Emily Margolis, was located on the marathon route. Much to the relief of Price, her longtime friend finished the marathon just over 30 minutes before the bombs went off. However she was still in the area meeting up with her family and could still hear the blasts.

For Price, it was the shock that took over shortly after.

“All I could think about was how something like could happen at an event that is a peaceful sport that’s well-attended,” Price said. “It was shocking. What was worse was the two men were still on loose, so living around here people were concerned if we were safe.”

Price immediately decided that she would hit the road in the first One Run. So last year she put on her running shoes and was one of around 500 people that hit the streets on July 1 to run the final eight miles of the Boston Marathon route that started at Newton City Hall and ended at the marathon finish line.

During last year’s One Run, the exact route of the marathon, all 26.2 miles, was traced. The final leg of the first One Run for Boston concluded a 3,300-mile journey that started in Los Angeles and raised $91,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The difference between the final leg of this year’s One Run and last year’s was that in 2013 the exact route of the marathon, all 26.2 miles, was traced.

While competing in her second One Run this year was a labor of love, nothing will be able to top last year’s One Run where she crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

“I have never felt like that,” Price said. “I was euphoric. To do a run through a city in a way that I never have before was special. To run down the roads like the marathon runners do was amazing. It was 1 a.m. and there was a crowd waiting for us at the finish line.”

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