Joey McIntyre celebrates Boston Marathon finish
by Matt Shine | 22 April 2014
New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre is celebrating after successfully completing the Boston Marathon on Monday April 21, a year on since the tragic bombings in 2013.
The singer was among around 20,000 runners taking part in the annual race in Massachusetts last year – April 15 – when two explosions ripped through the crowds close to the finish line.
McIntyre, a Boston native, had crossed the line just 11 minutes before the bombs went off.
He pulled on his sneakers once again on Monday to run in honour of his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and also in tribute to his hometown.
He completed the 26.2 mile (42.2 kilometre) race nine minutes faster than his three hour, 57 minute and six second trek in 2013 and took to Twitter.com to share his impressive time with fans, writing, “34811 baby!!! BostonMarathon . Couldn’t have done it without you guys!!” McIntyre also applauded the efforts of his bandmate Danny Wood, who ran with him in the Boston Marathon.
He tweeted, “Big congrats 4 (sic) an amazing 350 by my man dannywood! celebrate”.
They were cheered on at the finish line by their fellow NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg, whose brother Jim Wahlberg had also competed in the race.