April 11, 2014
Longtime AIDS survivor Stephen Kovacev will return to run in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. Last year Stephen was a half-mile from the finish line when the bombs did their horrific damage. His story of this incident ran in TheBody.com and Poz, national HIV/AIDS magazines.
After coming back from near death, in 1997 Stephen Kovacev became the first person with full-blown AIDS to complete the Boston Marathon.
"Back then my doctors advised me that training and running the marathon would be too much stress on my already weakened immune system. But I needed to transcend the disease that had claimed two lovers, Kevin and Michael, and many others. I had to reclaim my lost life. I had to run a marathon again to give me something more than doctor appointments, sickness, and funerals to focus on. Training and finishing that 1997 marathon had given me just that. But what happened last year shattered many lives and a historic annual event that fills the streets from Hopkinton to Boston with camaraderie and love was turned into a tragedy. I am running to be part of reclaiming the spirit of the Boston Marathon and honored to be running in support for those who lost their lives and limbs."