"Back from Boston Safely"
Matt Dunn (left) of Trappe, Md., and Frank Pagliaro of Kennett Square, Pa.,
look at the Boston Globe newspaper Tuesday after arriving back in Delaware
at the New Castle Airport from the Boston Marathon a day after the bombing.
SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL
Boston... From Running Shoes To Corkscrews
And A Lot Of Senseless Bullshit In Between
At this moment I am sitting on a bus with the Delaware Sports Club headed back to Wilmington from my first Boston Marathon. As I thumb through the Boston Globe I look forward to reading about the race and the day's winners. Instead I see nothing but horrifying pictures of bloodshed and chaos. Not a winning smile on these pages.
I want to remember the day by the pictures shown above: Happily awaiting the start in Hopkinton with tons of nervous excitement; and the end of the day in Natick with running friends celebrating with wine.
That is not realistic.
What keeps popping in my head are the thousands of spectators along yesterday's 26.2 mile course cheering me on... "GO DELAWARE!" was what I heard over and over as they read my bright yellow Delaware Running Company singlet. The excitement was infectious. Sad when I think if any of the 144 injured or 3 dead shouted to me... or if I slapped their hand as I approached the final few hundred yards of the race.
Fortunately I finished about 35 minutes before the explosions, and I was about 3 blocks away at that time where our bus was parked. I didn't hear either boom, only the sound of sirens for hours after them.
We waited for hours at the bus for a few guys in our group who didn't make it to the finish before the race was halted. They came back one by one with their own story... we gave them hugs and high-fives. It was a relief when we finally pulled up to the hotel. I didn't know the severity of the goings-on until we got back to our hotel in Natick, about 16 miles from Boyleston Street.
All 28 of us went out as a group for dinner but not much was said about the explosions... I think we were all just too damn disgusted with it. Instead we focused on our group captain, Doug White, who at 71 years old ran his 40th consecutive Boston! His family and many of his old-timer running buddies roasted him at dinner. It was a great way to end such a chaotic day.
When I got back to the hotel I spent over an hour responding to the hundreds of Facebook posts from my friends and family letting me know of their relief that I was okay. Thank you all for reaching out to me; I've never felt such a spread of love:-)
We're about 3 1/2 hours away from the New Castle County Airport where we'll all get into our cars and go our own separate ways. I didn't know many runners on this bus when I got on, but I know I'll be lacing up with many of them soon.
At this point I look forward to hugging my daughters and kissing my wife... glad they didn't make it to Boston this year. Sad that I feel that way.
Welcome to the FranksWine.com Marathon Team page! Join fellow winos and runners as we train for a yearly Spring and Fall Marathon while we raise funds for a children's charity!
Check the FranksWine.com Marathon Team facebook page for all upcoming races and to follow the progress of the team!
This is our 6th Season of drinking, running and raising money for kids... and it gets better every year! We're staying on our home turf this year... on Sunday, May 12th we'll be running the Delaware Marathon Running Festival and then head South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach, DE on Saturday, December 7th to run the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon! The determined children's charity who will benefit from our grueling training is Chester County Futures.
Not a Marathoner - yet! - or don't have the time to train? You DO NOT need to run the full 26.2 to join our team... you may run the Half or even a leg of the Relay at the Delaware Marathon (each team member will need to raise $1,026.20) and Rehoboth Seashore Marathon offers a Half Marathon option as well!
All you need to do is send an email to Team Host and Chief Wino
Frank Pagliaro Frank@FranksWine.com with your request to join OR simply Click Here! You must be able commit to raising a minimum of $1,026.20 for Chester County Futures by January 7th, 2014.
Meet This Year's Team Runners
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Join the Team... check out the benefits!
We'll meet for training runs, preparation races (5K, 5 Miler, 10K, 10 Miler, 1/2 Marathon)
and on race day as we enjoy the mutual support along the course!
Join the FranksWine.com Marathon Team and you'll get:
• Reimbursed entry into the Spring & Fall Marathons
(by way of FranksWine Gift Card!)
• Free FranksWine.com Marathon Team short & long-sleeve technical running shirts
• Free bottle of wine after every long run or preparation race you complete with Frank!
• Unlimited 26.2% Off all Wine at FranksWine thru December 8th, 2013
• Unlimited 13.1% Off all Wine Dinners and Wine Tasting Events sponsored by
FranksWine thru December 8th, 2013
Earn incentives as you hit these fundraising goals throughout the season!
Chester County Futures is a poverty prevention program providing academic, mentoring and scholarship support for motivated, disadvantaged Chester County youth. Their goal is to provide their students the college readiness and life skills needed to be self-sufficient and prosper.
$526.20 FranksWine.Com Marathon Team/ CCF Logo Water Bottle
Running Socks, 26.2 Magnet PLUS 2 tix to the FranksWine Winter Tasting at Caffe Gelato in Newark on February 21st
$1026.20 FranksWine.Com Marathon Team/CCF Logo Sweatshirt Blanket
Massage 48 hours after race PLUS a 6-month FranksWine CLUBVino Wine of the Month Membership
$1526.20 Free one-night stay in Rehoboth Beach the night before the race (we are going to reserve a block of rooms and will reimburse runners as they hit the $1500 mark or will reserve them a room if they hit it far enough in advance) PLUS a 12-month FranksWine CLUBVino Wine of the Month Membership
$2026.20+ Basket of goodies ($300-$350 value) from Carlino’s (will be shipped around the holiday season—best pasta in Chester County!) PLUS a FranksWine @HomeTasting for up to 12 guests in your own home... you pick the theme, and we'll pick the wine!
Runners will also get free admission to the Chester County Futures Bowling event in February and their big Spring event in late April/May—details to be announced soon.
How Do I Join?
All you need to do is send an email to Team Host and Chief Wino Frank Pagliaro Frank@FranksWine.com with your request to join... OR simply Click Here!
You must be able commit to raising a minimum of $1,026.20 for Chester County Futures by January 7th, 2014. We'll set you up with your own online fundraising page and provide an 18-week training program that's individualized for your ability and goals to complete the Marathon. So whether you're a seasoned Marathoner or a first-timer join the FranksWine.com Marathon Team and you'll have all the support (and fun!) along the way... We'll have the corkscrew ready for post-run recovery!
Not a Runner?
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The Marathon course consists of two Half Marathon loops. Both loops take you from the Wilmington Riverfront through beautiful Brandywine Park, along Kentmere and Bancroft Parkways, and through the 40 Acres, Wawaset Park and Little Italy neighborhoods of Wilmington before returning via the Wilmington park system and past Rodney Square.
The 4-person Relay course consists of four loops of 6.55 miles each starting at the Riverfront and running on the Marathon/ Half Marathon course before turning around just after Lovering Avenue on Kentmere Parkway. The 8-person Relay course consists of eight loops of 3.275 miles each starting at the Riverfront and running on the Marathon/ Half Marathon course before turning around at the end of the Market Street bridge.
The Rehoboth Seashore Marathon and Half Marathon will take over 26.2 miles of Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Cape Henlopen State Park! The Marathon begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and takes runners through Rehoboth Beach to Gordon's Pond before a trip along the Junction and Breakwater Trail into Lewes. Participants then run into Cape Henlopen State Park and Fort Miles before looping back toward Rehoboth. The Half Marathon takes runners on the same course, but turns around at the end of the Junction and Breakwater Trail.
Upcoming Races on the Calendar
***RUN THESE RACES with the
FranksWine.com Marathon Team
and Get Free Wine!
Check the FranksWine.com Marathon Team facebook page for all upcoming races and team results!
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Wine Glass Marathon
FranksWine.com Marathon Team was a success all around... together our team of 19 wine-drinking runners raised $15,232 for Girls on the Run of Delaware!
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Was our 1st TEAM Spring Marathon! All runners were rewarded at the Finish Line with a medal AND entry into the FranksWine Champagne Tent... a huge hit for everyone!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Twin Cities Marathon
FranksWine.com Marathon Team was again THE TOP fundraising team raising a total of $12,365.00 for The Children's Tumor Foundation!
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Baltimore Running Festival
FranksWine.com Marathon Team of 8 was the TOP fundraising team raising a total of $14,790.60 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center!
Marine Corps Marathon
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
FranksWine.com Marathon Team ran The Marine Corps Marathon. Our team of 9 was the TOP fundraising team raising a total of $23,571.20
New York City Marathon
Team for Kids
Frank ran the marathon solo and raised $4,085.00
Wineglass MARATHON RECAP!
On September 30th, 2012 the FranksWine.com Marathon Team ran the Wineglass Marathon in New York's Finger Lakes region this past Sunday. It was a success all around... together our team of 19 wine-drinking runners raised $15,232 for Girls on the Run of Delaware!
I finally got the BQ monkey off my back and nailed my qualifying time to run in the Boston Marathon... Kathy Nguyen hit her planned sub-4 hour... Leisa Campbell ran a PR... Chris Linzey successfully ran his first Marathon... and Betty Olmstead ran the Half in her planned time. In other words the FranksWine.com Marathon Team kicked some serious Corning glASS!
May 13, 2012 was our 1st TEAM Spring Marathon! The beauty of the Delaware Marathon Running Festival is that we had our choice of races depending on our running ability and training: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 4-person Relay and 8-person Relay. A few of us were fit and ready to pounce the streets of Wilmington for 26.2 miles (CONGRATS to Krista Lauterwald and Brian Louis!); most of us planned on using the 1/2 (CONGRATS to Matt Mascitti, Betty Olmstead and Frank Pagliaro!) or the 4-person Relay (CONGRATS Leisa Campbell, Kathy Nguyen, and Carla Pastore!) as a stepping-stone to our Fall Marathon... the camaraderie of the FranksWine.com Marathon Team kept us going! All runners were rewarded at the Finish Line with a medal AND entry into the FranksWine Champagne Tent... a huge hit for everyone!
TWIN CITIES MARATHON RECAP!
It was a picture perfect day for the 30th running of the "Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America" on Sunday, October 2nd! The FranksWine.com Marathon Team started out with 6 runners back in January, but injuries, obligations and time constraints sidelined half the team by the summer just as our 18-week training schedule kicked in. On Marathon Sunday just before 8am - 45 degrees, cloudless and zero humidity! - Bobby Lougheed, Troy Brady and myself lined up at the start of the Twin Cities Marathon ready to trek 26.2 miles from the Metrodome in Minneapolis to the State Capitol in St Paul. The crowd support was awesome from the start to the finish... I thought only New York could pull that off!
Locals from MN pictured with Bobby (#9094) and Frank (#8551)
As many of you know the FranksWine.com Marathon Team runs with a purpose. I gather up fellow winos and runners and we train for a yearly Fall Marathon while we raise funds for various children's charities. Each year I choose a different city and charity (2012 TBD, suggestions are welcome!)... since 2008 we've run NYC, Marine Corps, Baltimore, Twin Cities and have raised over $55,000! The Children's Tumor Foundation was the benefitting organization for our fundraising efforts in 2011 and together we raised over $12,000! Sunday night we raised our glasses and made a toast to all of you who so kindly donated... we genuinely appreciate your support.
Frank, Bobby & Troy
Even though our team was small this year The Children's Tumor Foundation was ecstatic by our fundraising which by the way wraps up on November 2nd, so there's still time to contribute! I really admire Bobby and Troy who both trained for their first Marathon in the summer heat and humidity, and at the same time were able to focus on seeking contributions. Bobby gets a special shout out for his determination to cross the finish line even though his IT band popped at mile 16... he ran, jogged, walked and hobbled over the last 10.2 miles. A DNF never crossed his mind... he was in it for the bling!
If you are interested in joining the FranksWine.com Marathon Team...
We'll meet for training runs, preparation races (5K, 10K, 10 Miler, 1/2 Marathon) and on race day as we enjoy the cameraderie along the course!
Join the FranksWine.com Marathon Team and you'll get:
* Free entry into the TBD 2012 Fall Marathon
* Free FranksWine.com Marathon Team long-sleeve technical running shirt
* Free bottle of wine after every long run or preparation race you complete with Frank!
* Unlimited 25% Off all Wine at Frank's Union Wine Mart thru day after Marathon
* Unlimited 15% Off all Wine Dinners and Wine Tasting Events sponsored by Frank's
Union Wine Mart thru day after Marathon
All you need to do is send an email to Team Host and Chief Wine Frank Pagliaro Frank@FranksWine.com with your request to join... and you must be able commit to raising a minimum of $1,026.20 for the TBD children's charity. We'll set you up with your own online fundraising page and provide an 18-week training program that's individualized for your ability and goals to complete the Marathon. So whether you're a seasoned Marathoner or a first-timer join the FranksWine.com Marathon Team and you'll have all the support (and fun!) along the way!
|Baltimore Running Festival Recap!
This past Saturday, October 16th The FranksWine.com Marathon Team ran the streets of Baltimore! Myself (didn't qualify for Boston this round, but PR'd with a 3:40... woo hoo!), Allen Cartwright (all jacked up on Vivarin!), John Bell (who ran his 95th Marathon!) battled the winds for 26.2 miles... Pat Travis, CarolAnn Pampuch (who both ran their 1st 13.1miler!), Misty White (who flew in from Kansas!), Bill Galbraith (from Bouchaine Vineyards and will be pouring at the shop next weekend!) and Mary Harmon (who also PR'd!) all crushed the 1/2 Marathon. Special mention to Sharon Caffrey who trained with us but an injury set her back and will be running Baltimore's 26.2 next year & to Ellyn Censurato who had a conflict and will be running Philly Marathon on November 21st... and to Stephan Fuchs who represented the shop and ran the 1/2 "bandit" (or did a strong gust of wind blow the race bib off his shirt?... yeah, that's it!)
Together we raised $14,790.60 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center/Sadie's Gift which made us the TOP Fundraising Team!! Thank you to all who supported our Team and this great cause... we all greatly appreciate it.
||Marine Corps Marathon recap!
October 25th, 2009
The sun was shining brightly over our nations capital on Marathon Sunday. The temperature was a perfect 53 at the sound of the cannon. The FranksWine.com Marathon Team of 9 had spent months training while raising over $21,420 for the Kids of St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thousands of US Marines lined the streets cheering us on, but the one that meant the most to me was Officer Carlos who put the bling around my neck at the finish line!
||My hope to qualify for Boston diminished as the week grew near to Sunday. I was at the tail end of a nasty virus and in hindsight probably shouldn't have run it. Just two days prior I had secured an available bib for the November 22nd Philadelphia Marathon, and I was planning on not running DC which would have given me another month to recoup and be fully prepared. However, Philly officials wouldn't allow the bib to be transferred into my name. So, I realized it was going to be a game-day decision for me to run on Sunday. I woke up feeling great pumped with all those endorphins and nervous excitement, so I made my way to the start line. The first 10 miles I was on pace to run a PR of 3:30, but by the halfway point my body was telling me I wasn't quite ready to continue the push. At that point I was ready to throw in the towel. My pace dropped dramatically by mile 17 as my knees were screaming for me to stop, and my knees NEVER hurt. I spent the last 9 miles running, walking, running, stretching, running, cursing, running. I've never been so relieved to see mile 26... I gave a final strong push up the hill towards the finish line at the Iwo Jima Memorial. OohRah! I ended up finishing in 4:26:28, an hour beyond my game-day goal, and an hour and six minutes beyond my qualifying time for Boston... ugh!
||As I walked down the stairs backwards this morning feeling the crushing pain in my quads and calves I wondered which city I would hit next to qualify....Thank you once again to each and every one of you who made a contribution to St Jude on my behalf!