Polizzotti was less worried about the proposal than he was in finding Dowd.
Eventually, Dowd’s family weaved through alleys, got past barricades and were able to reach Dowd.
“It was a relief, but they saw some terrible things trying to find me,” said Dowd. “I was just happy that everyone was safe. I didn’t get (to experience) that amazing feeling you get at the end (of a marathon) but, in the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty minimal.”
Dowd did get her other thrill, a few hours later than it was supposed to be given when Polizzotti proposed to her at a loading dock her brother drove them to.
“It was a total surprise,” said Dowd, who will run the last stage of the 26.2 miles in Boston Saturday with other members of her Goodwill team. “All everyone had been talking about since January was the marathon and I hadn’t even thought this (proposal) would be coming. It was definitely nice.”
In that respect, it put a slight silver lining on a day that Dowd will never forget.
As for the empty feeling of not finishing the complete marathon, she thinks she might try it again next year if ...
“I think I’ll probably run it but only if my family doesn’t come,” she said. “That feeling of not knowing if all of them were safe is something I don’t want to experience again.”