It’s a boy, mother-to-be tells husband at finish line

As her husband, Jim, finished the Boston Marathon, Sarah Norcott held this sign telling him the sex of the baby they are expecting.

Courtesy Sarah Norcott

As her husband, Jim, finished the Boston Marathon, Sarah Norcott held this sign telling him the sex of the baby they are expecting.

We’re having a boy!

That was the happy news on a sign Sarah Norcott held near the Boston Marathon finish line as her husband, Jim, ran by.


Norcott, who has already qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon, is 19 weeks pregnant with their first child, and skipped this Marathon.

She and Jim had agreed that she would find out the sex of their child and put it on a sign for him to see as he passed Max Brenner restaurant.

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Before the race, Sarah went to the spot on Boston Common where Jim proposed to her a month before she ran the 2012 Boston Marathon. There, she opened an envelope and learned the news.

Wearing a blue shirt with the words “Future Boston Qualifier” on it, she held a sign that read “We’re having a...Boy” with the thrilling answer filled in.

Jim tapped the poster as he ran by on his way to a 3:02:34 finish.


Norcott had been at Max Brenner, a few hundred yards from the finish line, last Marathon Monday.

“Opening the envelope alone was what I needed,” she said. “We expected a boy and now that we know, it makes all this a reality. It fueled the excitement of the day and Jim’s amazing achievement.”

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