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Former coach of younger Tsarnaev brother brings Marathon song to life

Peter Payack became known last year as the former wrestling coach of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev whose name was evoked by the FBI to help coax the teenager to surrender. This year, the 64-year-old Cambridge man, who has run in 12 Boston Marathons and also teaches writing at Berklee College of Music, wants to be known as someone who brought a new song to the event -- “26-Miles of Glory.”

Last month, Payack contacted David McWane, a 2000 graduate of Berklee and lead singer of Big D and the Kids Table, saying, “We have to write a Marathon song, and this would be a good year to do it.”


Within a week’s time, McWane recruited a local studio engineer, Jay Mass at Getaway Recording, and ten musicians from McWane’s band — two of whom have participated in the Marathon. On the first weekend in April, they recorded the song that has a tempo set at a perfect runner’s pace. The lyrics — edited by Payack — include a line meant to inspire all runners, “For Krystle, for Martin, for Sean and for Lingzi; Hitting my stride, stride, stride, stride; my muscles they don’t fail me.”

For a link to the song and lyrics, go to