By Sandra Haschemeyer
It’s an experience he will likely never forget. Travis Schroll of Beardstown was among the 36,000 runners participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Although he didn’t run as fast as he had wanted, he finished the race in 3 hours and 12 minutes, a few minutes shy of his hoped-for time of 3 hours, 3 minutes.
“It’s a very hard course,” he said of the 26.2 mile race. “I underestimated it.”
Schroll said he has run in some big marathons before, but this one was not like the others.
“You know, I never never have been to a race with so many spectators and crowd support,” he said. “At times, you couldn’t hear, it was that loud. It was unlike anything I ever expected.”
The 2014 Boston Marathon marks a year since the bombings that claimed the lives of three persons and injured over 260 in 2013. It’s in the back of your mind but not an overwhelming thought, Schroll said.
“You noticed a police presence, especially at the finish line,” he said.
He added he didn’t spend a lot of time in the finish line area - at the request of his wife - and went back to his hotel after the race. He said there were a lot of restrictions and that the amount of things you could bring was minimal, such as a drink and dry clothes for after the race.
A fellow runner told him there were more precautionary changes this year. For example, the dry clothes area where you change after the race was moved six to seven blocks down the road. This would keep the bags in a separate area and help isolate the risk, Schroll said.
Everything was well planned and organized, Schroll added. Buses from the downtown area took runners in waves to the starting point. He commended the city for its support.
“Boston is a great city,” Schroll said. “They embraced the marathon runners.”
Schroll said he does not plan to run in the Boston Marathon next year, but that doesn’t mean he won’t do it again.
“It will be back on my list,” he said.