Tag Archives: hal higdon

Book Review: 4:09:43 Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners

imageI’ve had this book sitting in my pile o running books to read for a while now. I finally got around to reading it this week. At 134 pages it is a very quick read. I finished it in two nights.

As the title indicates the book provides an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon from the perspective of people who participated in the race. It was the first I read of the experiences of the people who were running that day.

It starts out at the beginning of race day and introduces the reader to a number of runners as they make their way from the start in Hopkinton to Boston. If you have not run Boston it gives you a good idea of what the experience would be like due to the way Hal Higdon describes the course and the crowds along the course.

Hal Higdon did a good job capturing the spirit of the day with this book. I would recommend picking up a copy if you want to learn more about what turned out to be a tragic day.



Book Giveaway: 4:09:43 Through the Eyes of the Runners

On May 25th I will run my sixth Ottawa Marathon. For the past five years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold a book giveaway.

This year I’ll be giving away a copy of 4:09:43 by Hal Higdon.  The book is a look at the 2013 Boston Marathon through the eyes of runners who ran the race with the title obviously referring to the moment the bombs went off.


To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @PatRuns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation.  Click here for more details. Once again this year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital. This cause became important to me after my father passed away in 2012 as a result of a stroke.

The winner will be announced on May 22. Good luck!