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Boston Marathon Day by Andy Winnefeld

Posted by randeebergen@msn.com on July 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Boston Marathon Day
 
No, I did not run the Boston Marathon this year or any year. So, why am I still getting congratulations for this? Local Channel 8 KJCT can take credit for this. Let me explain. While at work on the Tuesday following the marathon tragedy, I received a call at my office for "the Vice President of the Striders." I have never been addressed as such over the phone. The call was the reporter for KJCT. She wanted to know my opinion regarding the race from someone local who ran. I told her she should contact someone who actually ran in the race this year. She said she had tried, but was unable to contact anyone who had run the race this year. I then suggested she contact someone who had run the race in the past, but she said she had no leads and none of the other Board members were available either. So, feeling sorry for her, I decided to skip lunch., and told her to meet me at the office. She arrived and asked a few questions, and then wanted to get some footage of me with finisher medals from different races, "to see if the camera works." I told her to contact Karah Levley-Rinaldi who I knew had run at Boston in the past. I didn't think much more of this, until I decided to watch the 6 PM News. There were quick scenes of me with finisher medals from other races, while they were talking about Kevin O'Brien. I was very upset. The implication was that I had run the Boston Marathon this year, and I was Kevin O'Brien. I called the reporter immediately and demanded no further coverage of me on any other news program. She apologized and agreed. So, nice race Kevin! I consider all the comments and congratulations as yours. You gave a great interview, and I am sorry that many thought I was you or you were me. I enjoyed your story in the last newsletter. So, if anyone else watched the television story, this is how it happened. Maybe one day I will run the Boston Marathon. If I can keep my current pace, I may qualify when I am 80.

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Reply rosco betunada
5:50 PM on November 19, 2013 
no, boston 2013 was not funny -- but Andy's mis-identification was. it seems every month at the board meeting he usually has some off-beat quirky extremely unusual event to report on. (last meeting he announced that his wife and he had found a still-wrapped wedding present in their house ... from SIXTEEN YEARS ago !