This press release went out last week from the Boston Marathon office....here is an excerpt....
Senator John F. Kerry (D., Mass.) will be the official starter of the wheelchair division race, which begins at 11:25 a.m. Kerry has been a strong supporter of the Boston Marathon's wheelchair division since the early 1980s.
No mention of his fabled "marathon run" of circa 1980.
More from that same press release...
"Jacqueline Gareau, the women's open division champion in 1980, will serve at the Boston Marathon's grand marshal this year. She will ride in a pace vehicle, ahead of the elite women's field. Gareau, from Canada, is the Boston Marathon's first grand marshal other than John A. Kelley, who passed away on October 6, 2004. Gareau's victory 25 years ago was overshadowed by Rosie Ruiz, who only ran a part of that year's race, but who crossed the finish line ahead of Gareau. Ruiz was subsequently disqualified."
1980. And that is one of the years Kerry claimed to have run Boston? And Rosie Ruiz? She "ran" it in 1980.
I was going to write, "John, why don't you just stay home." But Vanessa Kerry, his youngest daughter, is running, and yep, I looked it up. Her race number is 17553.
Good luck Vanessa!!! And tell your Dad to lay off the "tall tales."