Meet Dr. David King

April 13, 2014

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Yes, this isn’t normal Pace Bear attire, but Dr. David King, one of our Adirondack Marathon Pace Bear heroes, received a TV Press Conference commendation last year from President Obama several days after the Boston bombings. After he ran the marathon, requalifying for this year’s Boston race, he completed his cool down on the way to Massachusetts General Hospital. King, an Army reservist and trauma surgeon at Mass General was eminently qualified, accustomed to treating injuries of this type in Afghanistan’s frontline combat support hospitals. Only this was here in the United States.

As we strive to rise above this senseless act and strengthen our already strong community of runners, we are now presented with these horrific images superimposed over the triumphant, bittersweet stories of the survivors and those who played such a key role that day. The latest Fox TV News documentary interviews Dr. King as well as some of the patients he saved. Runner’s World also follows up, emphasizing that the process is ongoing, with Dr. King working with Boston Marathon personnel to secure the tourniquets that were so lacking last year. We can always learn.

Meanwhile, do take the opportunity to shake Dr. King’s hand at the packet pickup, pasta dinner, or meet-and-greet before Sunday’s race start. You might even ramp up your training and join his 3:45 pace group!

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