Fortunately, David, who’s 51, is a fast runner, and he crossed the finish line in 3:29:19, about an hour before the first bomb went off. The photo above, taken by his mother, Kate, “was taken about 18 minutes before the bombs went off and several blocks away. It was a great day til just about this moment.”
Eighteen minutes later, David’s vacation was over — after running his first Boston Marathon, he sprinted into a six-day Reporting Marathon, joining fellow Post runner-now-reporter Vernon Loeb and two other staffers who were in Boston (Vernon’s account ran in The Post’s Outlook section last week). “I changed into my only street clothes. The girls made it to the airport,” David recalled on Facebook. His first dispatch for The Post, about children admitted to the hospital, appeared online within a few hours; the next day, in addition to the main stories about the bombing scene, his byline led this story about the horrific leg injuries that many of the victims sustained. And of course the reporting continued with many stories about the manhunt and the arrest.
All of us at The Post and in the Loser Community are so happy that David and his family are back home and in their respective one-pieces.
Plugs for the unplugged: Week 1019
I guess Bob Staake will get a contest-suggestion point in Elden Carnahan’s Loser Stats for Week 1019, since he came to me not only with the idea of doing a contest about how to endure Screen-Free Week, but with a ready-made list of examples. Bob will be in upper Northwest Washington next Tuesday to promote his magnum-opus picture book, “Bluebird,” and his publicist at Random House was delighted that we’d be bringing attention to Bob and his book and the book-friendly Screen-Free Week. Even though I warned her: “The Invitational isn’t a children’s contest — in fact, it can be pretty bold. As is Bob himself.”
But Mary Van Akin was undeterred. “That’s what we love about Bob! The boldest picture book author we know.” So okay, Losers: Go for it; don’t worry about the preschoolers.
Meanwhile, I’ve heard talk of some Losers gathering at Politics and Prose bookstore at 10:30 a.m. to see Bob, and perhaps going out for lunch afterward.