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RCSI students take part in Boston Marathon

24 April 2017
The 121st Boston Marathon took place last week with nine RCSI students competing in this most prestigious road race. Boston is the oldest marathon and this year's field comprised of over 32,000 runners. RCSI's participation in the event is facilitated by Dr John V Coyle (RCSI Class of ‘62) a serving member of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and recipient of the 2002 RCSI Distinguished Graduates Award. 
 RCSI students at Boston Marathon
The 2017 Boston Marathon Team comprised of Niamh Clifford, Megan Wilson, Samantha Steinmetz-Wood, Aoife Bourke, Aoife Adelaide Gordon, Elsbeth Wolfe, Kevin Armstrong, Ruadhan O'Laoi and Eoin Edward Murphy.
 Boston Marathon
Dr Coyle organised tickets for the team to the world premiere of “Boston”, a feature-length documentary about the marathon accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra who performed the full score live at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre. This once in a lifetime event wowed the audience. The students got to meet the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, first official female competitor, Kathrine Switzer and Roberta Louise "Bobbi" Gibb, pictured below, the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon to name but a few.
Boston Marathon 
Marathon Monday, Patriots Day, was a beautiful sunny day, spectators lined the race course the entirety of the 26.2 miles and the spirit of “Boston Strong” flooded the air.
"It is such an inspiration to see people of all walks of life achieve such a feat. My favourite part was talking to all the elite Athletes, many of them running marathons for most of their lives" - Aoife Gordon
"It's an amazing testament to the Boston People, 9,500 volunteers, 30,000 runners and countless supporters cheering you on! 10/10 best experience ever" - Ruadhan O'Laoi

First to cross the finish line for team RCSI was Eoin Murphy, with an impressive finish time of 3:08.
"It’s not my first time running the Boston Marathon, it just gets better every year" - Eoin Murphy


Boston, as always, displayed what sport is all about; community, respect and inclusion.
"Training for and running the Boston Marathon has completely changed my life. It's an experience we'll never forget. We've made friends to last a lifetime and it's all thanks to the generosity and kindness shown by Dr Coyle, his wife Deirdre and his family, as well as by RCSI!" - Beth Wolfe, 2017

"The Boston marathon trip was by far one of my best experiences I have had at RCSI. The hospitality shown by both the people of Boston and RCSI was second to none. To be able to do the trip in my final year of medicine was an amazing privilege and the memories we made on the trip will stay with me forever" - Megan Wilson 

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