Boston Marathon

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Six decades separate the Pittsburgh Marathon's oldest competitor from one of its youngest. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted in Boston Marathon Bombing

Apr 8, 2015
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

When the Boston Marathon steps off Monday morning there will be nearly 39,000 men and women ready to take to the 26-mile course. Several of them are from the Pittsburgh area, and some of them have memories of being part of the race last year that was halted after a pair of bombs detonated near the finish line. 

PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon

Apr 15, 2014
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Last weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Susanne Park held a benefit to raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

The institution was key in helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year. This year, Park has gathered donations from local businesses to help the cause. Her sister ran in the marathon last year and she said she tracked her sister’s progress in the race until everything suddenly stopped.

Park's sister was one of the many runners unable to contact family for hours amidst the chaos.

Why These Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Are Returning To Boston

Apr 15, 2014
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When Joe Myers and Karen Harr began the Boston Marathon one year ago, neither of them expected to be a part of the chaos following the bombings at the finish line.

After two explosions detonated on Boylston Street, many runners found themselves stranded in the masses. Myers, who had not yet finished the marathon, remembers the crowds of confused people in front of him.

He was unable to contact his family, but eventually returned to the hotel of a fellow runner. Despite the scare, he plans to return to Boston this year and finish what he started.

Rolling Stone Cover Controversy

Jul 19, 2013
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One of this week’s leading media stories is the controversy surrounding the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The publication, known for featuring in-depth profiles of rock musicians, actors and politicians, is courting controversy with its decision to feature Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. The decision has sparked outrage across the country and started a backlash against Rolling Stone.

Medical professionals usually expect heat-related injuries, heart problems or sprains at the Pittsburgh Marathon. But following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, plans have been made for more extensive medical care.

There will be 400 medical professional volunteers from UPMC, including physicians, nurses and athletic trainers, on hand. That's about a hundred more than last year.

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, cities across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, are taking a hard look at security for marathons.

City officials said Thursday that the security plan for the Pittsburgh Marathon, scheduled for May 5, is ever-evolving. One certainty is that spectators and runners will see more uniformed officers patrolling.

Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Apr 20, 2013
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  After last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon and the passionate singing of the national anthem at Wednesday's Bruins game, sports contributor Bob Dvorchak talks about how sporting events can galvanize a city and a nation. Also, what concerns does the bombing raise about security at sporting events?

The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games on Friday night while authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date was announced for the opener of the Red Sox three-game series against the Kansas City Royals scheduled for Friday night at Fenway Park. The Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden was tentatively rescheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday a suspect was in custody.

But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston dispute that.

The official who spoke to The Associated Press did so on condition of anonymity and stood by the information even after it was disputed.

Pittsburgher Karen Harr finished the Boston Marathon Monday well before the explosions that killed three and injured more than 170 people.

She could have been back at the hospitality suite in the hotel where she was staying, but a decision to head back to the medical tent to get a dose of asthma medicine put her just yards away from the blast.

Harr wasn't hurt, but she said the experience will not prompt her to hang up her running shoes. 

Marathon organizers across the country are examining how they can better prepare their races for an incident like the one seen this week in Boston, but much of the ground work for such a discussion was already laid in Pittsburgh following a scare at the 2010 race. 

Not long after the Pittsburgh race started that year, an abandoned microwave oven was found near the finish line, and organizers and police had to spring into action.

How to Talk to Kids About Traumatic Events

Apr 16, 2013

For children who have seen the images of death and destruction and have heard the heartbreaking stories surrounding Monday’s terrorist attacks in Boston, there may be a lot of confusion and fear. They may wonder if they are safe, if their caregivers are safe and how this will affect their daily lives.

Jeff Magill, Project Coordinator for Emergency Management at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at UPMC, said children’s responses will vary according to their age and the perspective in which they have been exposed.

Local Conversations in the Wake of the Boston Marathon

Apr 16, 2013
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Computer Information Security Specialist John Adamczak was leading a team of 6 Pittsburgh volunteers at the finish line in Boston. 90.5 WESA’s Mark Nootbaar spoke to him  about Monday's explosions as he waited at the Boston airport for a flight back to Pittsburgh.

And Karen Harr is a Pittsburgh area runner and Director of Running Groups and Outreach for Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh. She ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday and is coordinating runners for the Pittsburgh Marathon. She talks about her experience in Boston and why she's going to keep on running.

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The bombing of yesterday's Boston marathon left three people dead, including an 8 year old boy and at least 176 people injured. As the investigation into who was responsible for the bombing continues, Pittsburgh Marathon officials are busy planning for the Steel City's annual 26 mile race, now less than 3 weeks away. We'll talk with Dicks Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Executive Director Patrice Matamoros about plans to beef up security in the wake of yesterday's events. New Hampshire Public Radio Executive Producer Keith Shields, is a veteran runner of the Boston marathon and he comments on the Boston Marathon's security.

Among those at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday when the bombs exploded was Pittsburgher John Adamczak. Adamczak has volunteered at the finish line for 20 years and leads a team of other Pittsburghers to the event each year.

BOSTON — Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.