Boston Legion: Jose Rivera

By Tim Ritchie

Last week we introduced to you here The Level Legion: Boston Marathon Edition, three men and three women, all talented runners in their own right that we believe comprise a good cross section of the runners in the northeast region. Each brings a unique perspective and background to their training, racing and experiences. It is our hope that you will see yourselves in the hearts, minds and legs of this Boston Marathon Edition of the Level Legion and that through them we can all support each other as we train, race and cheer for the 118th Boston Marathon. Now that you know who’s on the team, it’s time to start getting to know them better. First up:

Jose Rivera

Age: 39 (40 day of Boston Marathon)
Club: Central Mass Striders & Tri State Running
Hometown: Webster, Ma

“I never dreamed of running a marathon, never mind being able to run Boston. Boston was something for the elites, not for me. But I am happy that I am here, because I deserve to be here. I have worked and trained hard to be here. I am a part of this great event as well as all 36,000 others that worked hard to be here. I am so looking forward to running Boston!!!”

How did you get started in running?

Boston Legion RiveraI quit smoking after 18yrs at the age of 34 – I needed a change in my life.

What has been your most memorable running experience?

Memorable, but not a good one- Boston 2013. As my family experienced the horror of the bombings.

What does it mean to be a part of the Level Legion?

To be a part of the Level Legion – It means that I am part of an elite group that runs no matter what the temps are. We run when its 90, hot and humid and we run when it’s -5 degrees in the middle of winter. We run to run no matter what Mother Nature throws at us!

Have you run the Boston Marathon before?

In 2013, but I was stopped at the top of Boylston St because of the bombings.

Why did you choose to run the Boston Marathon?

Growing up in Boston, it has been a childhood dream to be a part of this marathon. My dream is to finally cross the finish line!

Why the 118th edition?

To finish what I started. To cross the finish line!

What are your goals (broad or specific) for this year’s Boston?

I know that with Boston being such a spectacle this year, it might be hard to PR in this marathon, but a PR would be great! But I would be just as happy to cross the finish line for the first time in my life.

What are you most excited about?

I am excited about being part of one of the biggest events in history. Like 2013, it will be one of the most memorable experiences in my life.

What are you most nervous about?

I am not nervous at all. I am looking forward to running this marathon!

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