Michelle Zaydon, a licensed massage therapist from Rochester, New Hampshire, is one of more than 100 volunteer massage therapists who will spend about 11 hours at the finish line of the 113th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, tending to the aches, pains and bruises of the more than 20,000 competitors expected to cross the finish line.

Volunteers will look to make sure runners are not dehydrated, or suffering from hypothermia and heat exhaustion. If the runners are medically fine, and all they need is some therapy for their muscles after pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles, Zaydon is one of the people they see.

“It’s a way to get them recovering quicker after the event,” Zaydon said.

— Foster’s Daily Democrat, Rochester, New Hampshire, Sunday, April 19, 2009