Jason ran 2:14:31 for fourth place! He stayed back when the pace picked up in the hills, at sixteen or seventeen miles. He picked off all but three , so about fifteen runners, over the last ten kilometers.
Here are some comments from Jason, in the media room, just after the race. A special thanks to the BAA team, who runs a wonderful press room.
Hartmann added, ” I have worked with these guys before and they took off at 16,17 and I stayed under control. A lot of people went with the front group and I was able to pick a few of those guys off and then fortunately for me, I was able to catch them. Overall, it was just a battle. There were so many times when you wanted to throw in the towel but you just fought on. I appreciate all the crowd invovlement and I feel that they carried mea lot of the way so I thank Boston and all the people that participated cheering and who made my experience a good one. “
Jason Hartmann showed just how grounded he truly is. It is one thing to note, that we learn more from our mistakes or failures. Hartmann had been a darkhorse contender in Houston in January, and, he had a bad day.
“It is devastating to have your dreams whisked away, see everything you have worked for out of reach. But, you can’t let those things define you. You have to get back up and keep living your life. There are a lot of great athletes that did not make Olympic teams.”
run well, and hopes that his courageous running opens the eyes of a few
sponsors, as Jason is running, at this time, with little, if any, sponsor support.