28 Apr '16, 4pm

Worst of Times, Best of Finishes

Worst of Times, Best of Finishes

“The race was not one of my best times, but was one of my best finishes at Boston,” Phillips, 55, said. The sun and heat had slowed Phillips to a run-walk during his 22nd straight and 28th total Boston. His motivation at a low point, he was looking for a friend near mile 19 but instead spotted Sioutis and his guide, Vasilis Piperis, who was doubled over and vomiting. Phillips realized the guide probably couldn’t continue and offered to take over, even though he had no previous guiding experience. “I figured if he needed someone, someone was better than no one, because obviously he couldn’t do it by himself,” Phillips said. Sioutis, also 55, was running his first Boston and 33rd marathon. Piperis had accompanied him during many of those races. This time, the guide urged him to press on—so Sioutis did, transferring his rope-like tether to Phillips’s wrist. “With him I felt s...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/worst-of-time...

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