30,000+ run the Boston Marathon each year. Each with a purpose, a story, a reason.
There are the winners: Tatyana McFadden, Marcel Hug, Desiree Linden, Yuki Kawauchi.
There are friends and relatives who run, yet aren’t lauded on the front page, but are celebrated by those who know and love them.
And then, there are those stories that give you chills – the good kind.
Mary Shertenlieb, who happens to be married to one half of our morning show at the Sports Hub, Toucher & Rich’s Rich Shertenlieb, ran the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday.
Many long time listeners of The Sports Hub know Mary. They know of her powerful story.
How she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. How she battled back with the support of Rich, their two boys, Hank and Max, and countless family and friends.
How Mary is now in remission and running the Boston Marathon for Dana Farber, having collected over $33,000 in donations.
Taking off from Hopkinton just after 11am Monday morning, Mary made it to Wellesley before the unseasonable temperatures and driving rain caused her to pause.
We say pause, because she didn’t fully stop.
Fifteen and a half miles in, around 4pm Monday, Mary ended up following doctors’ orders.
Rich explained in a post on social media.
“At that point, her body began to shiver uncontrollably, her lips turned purple, and because of her compromised immune system, her doctors instructed her to stop running in the rain should this happen.”
At 8:30pm, Monday night, she started up again, with Rich by her side.
Wellesley Dunkin’ Donuts
“The rain has now stopped, and with dry clothes, we are now at the Dunkin Donuts in Wellesley where she stopped running at 4PM. We will now finish Mary’s journey to the finish line together. Let’s go,” Rich posted.
For 15.5 miles, my wife Mary ran in the heavy wind and torrential rain in a quest to complete her first marathon. At that point, her body began to shiver uncontrollably, her lips turned purple, and because of her compromised immune system, her doctors instructed her to stop running in the rain should this happen. The rain has now stopped, and with dry clothes, we are now at the Dunkin Donuts in Wellesley where she stopped running at 4PM. We will now finish Mary’s journey to the finish line together. Let’s go.
The two made their way along a darkened marathon route, together. With thousands cheering them on through social media.
Ever witness true love ? They’re still running if you want to catch a glimpse. Rich & Mary, you rock. ❤️ https://t.co/pTdyuE3Bgh— Tricia McCorkle (@triciamcc1) April 17, 2018
Some love stories are better than fairy tales because they have two heroes and tons of heart. If you’re in the area, please step outside to send them support. https://t.co/o1iNbBEaC5— Kimberley Ring Allen (@RingPRgirl) April 17, 2018
By 9:45pm, Rich and Mary had made it to Heartbreak Hill in Newton, and the well-wishes continued to pour in.
Heartbreak Hill let’s go. pic.twitter.com/bbywROXHKZ— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) April 17, 2018
If you’re on the Marathon route and you see Rich and Mary, show them you’re support. Cleveland Circle and Beacon Street, I’m looking at you.https://t.co/LKnLaY1FwW— Jon Wallach (@KenGriffeyRules) April 17, 2018
Update on Mary Shertenlieb.....Our #WBZ photog got Mary and Rich as they hit Newton Center?Heartbreak Hill around 9:45pm - If you can, head out on the @bostonmarathon course and support. She's an amazing woman!!! Rich a great man! @Toucherandrich @985TheSportsHub @KenGriffeyRules pic.twitter.com/aJI9xq55tw— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) April 17, 2018
This is what the Boston Marathon is all about! True strength and determination! Truly Boston Strong!????????????????— Jess Baird (@jessybird727) April 17, 2018
YOU CAN DO IT MRS. SHERTENLIEB!!!!!!— Tom Mack (@T__Mack__) April 17, 2018
And way to be a great Husband and supporter going hand and hand with her Rich. That,s class, that's LOVE.. I'm legit glued to Twitter waiting for the tweet letting us know she's finished.... YOU GOT THIS!!!!!
Just before 11pm, we got word that the Shertenlieb’s had arrived in Cleveland Circle.
Cleveland Circle, gettin there pic.twitter.com/ENgbVgq81V— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) April 17, 2018
Pulling for you both, from 2,200 miles away. Finish strong.— Bob Socci (@BobSocci) April 17, 2018
I regret not driving down and cheering at the finish line for Mary. It is a 4 hour drive for me but....regrets.— j.dub musicman (@ProjectRedCoat) April 17, 2018
Just a few more miles to go guys! You've got this! Come on, Mary! Keep pushing! ????????????— Ally Chilson (@Andrianna) April 17, 2018
As the clock struck midnight, there was word in the form of the Citgo sign in Kenmore.
The route may be quiet but hope you both know how many of us are pulling for you. Get it!— Erin S. (@erinoka) April 17, 2018
Rounding 3rd, heading for home!!! You got this Mary!! #MARYSTRONG????????????????— Sue Duggan (@Mo428dog) April 17, 2018
Right On Hereford
Just after 12:10am Tuesday, Mary and Rich were rounding the corner heading for Boylston Street, WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche was standing by at the finish line to meet them.
Go Mary and Rich. Not going to sleep til she finishes— PeterS???????????????? (@BOSsportsaddict) April 17, 2018
This is so amazing to follow. Thanks for the updates! I love you guys. #bostonstrong— Keri Thompson (@kerithompson) April 17, 2018
Boylston St – Finish Line
Mary Shertenlieb finally finished the 122nd Boston Marathon just a few minutes after midnight on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Mary final update: at 12:18am Mary Shertenlieb completed the 122nd @bostonmarathon with husband Rich by her side! Mary raised over 30-thousand dollars for @DanaFarber - @Toucherandrich @KenGriffeyRules @wbz #WBZ #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/ACRNs59cN4— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) April 17, 2018
So damn proud of her. 26.2. pic.twitter.com/svGj9MZj1p— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) April 17, 2018