Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: ‘Boston Will Stand Tall’ (USA Today)

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 with her family, (l. to r.) husband Scott Samuelson, daughter Abbie and son Anders, a member of the Class of 2012, after her finish but before the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.

Marathon Matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 surpassed her “30 in 30” goal of running the Boston Marathon, on the 30th anniversary of her win, within 30 minutes of her record-breaking time, but as USA Today reports, Joanie, as she’s known to friends and fans the world over, came away with a heavy heart. She shares her feelings about Monday’s tragedy, saying, “As history has long told, Boston will stand tall.”


  1. Mike Coster '57 says:

    Boston is a city of wonderful character ,culture and immense spirit.
    It will always rise above adversity and it will always prevail.
    Joanie has it right
    Mike Coster ’57

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