Run, Jim Miller, Run!

Bert and I are headed to the Boston Marathon this weekend.  No, we’re not running.  In fact, I struggle with just meeting the demands of my Fitbit (set by me, no less) of WALKING (not running) 10,000 steps.  Yeah, yeah.  We walk the neighborhood when the weather is ideal.  We walk in cities when we travel.  But run?  No way.

Jim Miller, Boston Marathon 2014
Jim Miller, running his 100th marathon in Boston, April 21st, 2014

We’re going to Boston Marathon 2014 to support our friend, Jim Miller, who’s running his 100th marathon.  Let me say that again, because you have to get your head around this: 100th marathon!

A 1974 graduate of University of New Hampshire and a consultant in the hospitality industry (now living in Orlando), Jim set a lofty goal for himself that started in Boston years ago.  His first goal?  Run a marathon in each of the 50 states.  And check.  Just like that.  Jim did it.

Jim Miller from News 13
Jim Miller from News 13:

Next goal?  Run 100 marathons.  And that’s about to be another check.  This race, the 118th Boston Marathon, will satisfy that 100th-marathon goal, a personal accomplishment for the “runningest” person we know!

Boston Start
Boston Start from

Jim also wants to raise $100,000 for the Liver Foundation in memory of his father as he explains in this YouTube video. He’s getting closer to that goal, too, as he is now in third place in the Boston Marathon fundraising category through the Liver Foundation‘s Run for Research. (Want to contribute? Click here for Jim Miller.)

So, what about us?  First, we’ll fly into Boston for a bit of sightseeing with a particular destination:  the Boston Public Library‘s exhibit “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” (open through May 11).

We’ll check out the usual sites, of course, like Fanueil Hall — and maybe ride in a Swan Boat, if lines aren’t too long.

Then we’ll accompany Jim at the official Number Pick-up event held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  (It’s exciting.  Really, it is.  All those runners.  And all us loafers gawking and wishing we were in shape enough to join ’em!)

Number Pick Up
Map for Number Pick Up:

We may even be make it to the Pre-race Pasta Party hosted by the Boston Athletic Association, whose website provides maps, history, and great photos of previous events. (Click here.)

Course Map
Course Map provided by Boston Athletic Association:

Then, on April 21st — Race Day, we’ll  join thousands of other spectators hoping to get a glimpse of the 35,660 registered runners and catch a bus (hopefully) to the Finish Line to congratulate Jim. (The Amazing Race, for real!)

Boston Marathon Medal
Boston Marathon Medal from

So, watch for us.  We’ll be the ones wearing Big Orange University of Tennessee ball caps and Boston Strong wrist bands. Smiling.

We’re excited.  We can’t wait.  But most of all, we’re proud of our friend Jim Miller.

Run, Jim Miller, run!

For more information:

Boston Athletic Association: (Race info, participant information, sights and sounds of previous races, history, map of route, etc.)


“Bags, strollers, unregistered runners not welcome at this year’s Boston Marathon.” CNN U. S. Retrieved from

“Boston Public Library hosts exhibit marking anniversary of marathon bombings.” Providence Journal.  Retrieved from

Breaking down the Boston Marathon by the numbers.” Boston Magazine.  Retrieved from


“Jim Miller wants you to run the Boston Marathon with him.” YouTube.  Retrieved from

“NH native ready for his 100th marathon.” WMUR. Retrieved from

YouTube: (Training Clinics, Videos of past races, etc.)

Social Media: 



Twitter: @bostonmarathon

10 thoughts on “Run, Jim Miller, Run!

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    1. Rusha Sams

      He’d like to run a marathon in each of the 7 continents. He’s hoping to get a corporate sponsor. We’ve volunteered to carry his luggage just to get to go!!! Thanks for reading.

  3. ididitforjohnny

    Go, Jim! What an awesome accomplishment! I was disappointed in the memorial exhibit at the library. Possibly because it would be hard to match the impact of the actual memorial, because they did a nice job. I hope you enjoy it. It sounds like you have a busy, and fun, weekend planned. Have a great time!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Can’t wait to show you some pics of what we saw. We loved this event — well-organized and passionate — Boston Strong! Thanks for commenting!

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