On Marathon Monday in April, 2015, Mike Rossi took his family, including his two young children who missed a couple of days of school for the occasion, to Boston to witness his triumph in running the Boston Marathon. As you probably know, qualifying to run the Boston Marathon isn’t easy for most runners. Many runners train for years with multiple attempts to whittle down their time, before finally, if ever, earning a coveted BQ. But during the previous fall, Rossi ran the race of his life at the 2014 Via Marathon, achieving an over 30-minute PR of 3:11:54 to finally nab his BQ.
You probably also know what happened next. The administration of Rossi’s children’s school sent Rossi a letter characterizing his children’s absences as unexcused, and that’s when Rossi’s 15 minutes of fame began ticking. He responded to this letter on Facebook, excoriating the school administration for not appreciating the educational value of visiting Boston, particularly to witness one’s parent participate in the Boston Marathon. Read more >>