Apr 15 2019 My neurologist put his hand on my shoulder and said I've had a stroke, Bruschi said. Throughout the remainder of the season, Bruschi still visited MGH every other week to check on the device in his heart. Between my wife Heidi and I, we can relate to every member of our team, Bruschi said. Kathy Linenberger, of San Diego, California, is also visiting Boston for the first time to run in the marathon. 'I've been waiting many, many years to come to Boston and run the marathon,' Linenberger said. 'The marathon is run on Patriots Day, or it's not run,' said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association. Winning the Boston Marathon was a transformative event in the running life of Desiree Linden.