In 2009, Matt finally returned to the Boston Marathon, but instead of the glory he imagined it was a catastrophe. His shoe fell off in the first 100 yards. He was walking by mile 18. He says, “It was the spirit of Boston saved the day for me—the encouragement I got from the people on the course. They didn’t care if I got the time I wanted; they just wanted me to finish.” Although he finished the race, he says he came away from it “with a monkey on my back.”
2016 is Matt’s opportunity for redemption. Despite having run so many races before, it is this race that will finally, perhaps, close the circle on his very first Boston finish line, back in 1983.