Known as the "Gazelle of San Quentin," the runner Markelle Taylor was among the 32,000 participants in the Boston Marathon Monday.
For Taylor, competition in mecca each marathon was more than a single life goal. He showed a second chance. And freedom.
Taylor, a prisoner in San Quentin State Prison (California) for almost 18 years on a second-stage murder conviction, was really qualified for Boston behind the bars – running at 3:10:42 in January shortly. before he was released on parole March 2.
Boston's Taylor time is a personal 3:03:52 on Monday despite rainy and humid conditions that made a grueling course in conjunction with the Heartbreak Hill race.
Markelle Taylor, former San Quentin State Prison, was released in March and ran in Boston Marathon in April. (Photo: Frank Ruona)
“There was so much feeling all over the place,” Taylor said to US TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “I'm just talking about it. Fear, it was like a fantasy to run here. To be able to become a reality, I don't even get the words. I am still assuming that I am out of prison, only passing the Boston Marathon.
“The running of the prison exceeded my life. He put my mind and my heart free. "
Due to Taylor's late entry in the race after his parole's release, the 46-year-old needed to become a member of his charity team. The East Massachusetts Urban League – an organization that facilitates a second chance and helps people overcome social and economic barriers – gradually created Taylor's last minute staff. $ 8,500 per month was raised for charity.
Taylor was a prominent member of the San Mile Quentin 1,000 Mile Running Club trained by Frank Ruona, who heads the Tamalpa Running Elite Club in Marin County San Francisco. Taylor ran four marathons during his time behind the bars, as 30 or so prisoners each fall on an official 105-lap marathon course around the lower recreation yard for 26.2 miles.
Taylor provided Boston, where Taylor started in one of the last corals and needed to run the thousands, a challenging challenge.
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“The prison helped me prepare myself to deal with any controversy,” said Taylor. “I am responsible for my colleagues in the prison and my brothers on the current club. One of my missions is to make the most of this second opportunity to show people who have authority that I am a former lever and that I can be successful and then show support to (current prisoners), to help them see what is possible.
Taylor, who stands in high school, started running in 2015 to manage the stress of her parity of hearing. Around that time, his good friend who had been denied her parole had committed suicide. Taylor was sentenced to 15 years in 2002 for a murder charge. According to the court records, Taylor drew his pregnant girl in the stomach, which resulted in the death of her child.
"Whenever rhythm, I try to honor and show respect for my victims," Taylor said. "I think the only way to make my heart happy is to run every mile, never a yard, every inch – dedicate it to those who have hurt me.