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Sun., April 19, 2009, 9:56 a.m.

Bring on Boston!

Robert Cheruiyot,  of Kenya, is silhouetted as he runs under a traffic bridge with less than a mile to go in the 112th running of the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 21, 2008.  Cheruiyot went on to win the race with a time of 2:07:46.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne) ORG XMIT: MASR103 (Steven Senne / The Spokesman-Review)
Robert Cheruiyot, of Kenya, is silhouetted as he runs under a traffic bridge with less than a mile to go in the 112th running of the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 21, 2008. Cheruiyot went on to win the race with a time of 2:07:46. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) ORG XMIT: MASR103 (Steven Senne / The Spokesman-Review)

Their hearts beat rapidly.  Their fingers rest on the "start/stop" button on their watches.  Their minds are whizzing all over the place.  Their double-knotted running shoes toe the line.  Bang!  The gun is shot, and their legs power through the beginning strides.  Their shorts swish.  Their feet pound the ground.  A sea of committed runners set into motion a tsunami of history.

They are the heroes of the running world.  They are the runners who have beat the odds in order the chase their dreams.They are the selected runners whose achievements, times, and performances in previous marathons have qualified them for perhaps the biggest moment in their lives: running in the Boston Marathon. 

For Kara Goucher, a track-and-field champ gone marathon pro, there's a goal much larger than herself associated with winning gold in Boston.  For the former NCAA champ, winning gold at this epic race will mean becoming the first American woman since 1985 to do so.  Although this will be only her second marathon, Kara has the heart of a champion that will take her straight to the top.  In 2007, she placed third in the 10,000 meters at the World Outdoor Championships and also beat world-renowned British runner Paula Radcliffe in a half-marathon.  Just last year, Kara competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games and qualified for the Boston Marathon by placing third at the New York City with the fastest time ever posted by a debut marathoner.

Stay tuned in for more Boston Marathon news--the long-awaited, anticipated running of the 113th annual Boston Marathon will begin tomorrow!




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In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at http://voxxiez.blogspot.com.