Boston Marathon
7:52 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Completing Unfinished Business

On April 21 in Boston, this Greensboro man will complete the 'granddaddy' of marathon races.

On April 21, Craig Spinale will compete in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Last year, he was turned away less than a mile from the finish line after two bomb explosions. Three people died, 260 were injured.
On April 21, Craig Spinale will compete in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Last year, he was turned away less than a mile from the finish line after two bomb explosions. Three people died, 260 were injured.
Credit Craig Spinale

On April 21, Boston will host what many consider to be the Olympics of marathon races, the Boston Marathon. Craig Spinale and five others from Guilford County will be among the record number of 36,000 runners from around the world competing. His number is 25904. He says this will be an emotional race because he will finally cross the finish line.

In 2013, race officials rerouted Spinale and 5,600 other runners after two bombs went off. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  and his older brother Tamerlan detonated the devices--killing three people and wounding 260 others. Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment charging him in twin explosions.

Spinale was not wounded. He lives in Greensboro with his wife Gina and their daughters, Jessica and Anna. On Real People, Real Stories, he describes his roller-coaster journey that’s carried him from Greensboro to Boston.