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'Boston celebrates the human spirit'

Updated: April 19, 2014, 10:57 PM ET
By Jane McManus | espnW.com

New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg will be one of the runners in Monday's Boston Marathon. Wittenberg, who hadn't run a marathon in 20 years before deciding to try to qualify for the race, wanted to show solidarity with the Boston Athletic Association, which hosts the elite event each year.

Wittenberg spoke with espnW.com on Friday from the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, where runners pick up their numbers in the days leading up to the race. ...

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