"It was a really small race and there were no fans. It was a mental exercise just to keep jogging and to not start walking," he said. "It really helps to have people cheering for you."
He drove home from Ohio and couldn't get out of the car. "I literally said, 'Never again,'" although he went back to participating in the Charleston Distance Run.
Then, in 2007, his wife's brother convinced him to run the Philadelphia marathon with him. Although his brother-in-law ended up not running the marathon, Orders ran it on his own. "I ran Philly in '07 and '08 and then signed up to run on all seven continents with the Young Presidents' Organization in the fall of 2011. Our first race was April 2012."
The Young Presidents' Organization is an international executive networking and leadership development organization. Orders was attracted to the seven-continent marathon opportunity because it combines his love of travel with the chance to go places he's never been. He also liked that it required putting fixed dates on the calendar years in advance so that he'd be forced to follow through on the plan.
"I wouldn't say that I'm that adventurous necessarily, but I really do enjoy travel," he said. "It was something that my wife and I kind of lost for 10 years because we started having kids. There was always a baby."
Orders plans to take his wife and children to Africa in June for the next marathon. To date, in addition to Boston, he has run in London; Auckland, New Zealand; and Tokyo. He still has Africa, Antarctica, South America and North America in front of him. He said, of the six major marathons in the world, he will have run in half of them with the Young Presidents' initiative; he plans to run the other three on his own.
"By the end of 2014, I will have run London, Tokyo and New York. So I kind of said, well, we're doing three of them, I may as well do the other three."
He also plans to run the Chicago marathon in October, although he is giving serious consideration to changing his original plans to take his children to Chicago.
"At this point," he said, "I also plan to the run the sixth, which would be Berlin, in September 2014."
Orders always wears a gold and blue WVU-logo shirt when he runs in other places. Although not a WVU graduate, he said he does it because he identifies with the state and because he has fun connecting with people who recognize the symbol. "Everywhere I've run, including Auckland and Japan and London, you get people who shout 'West Virginia! Yeah!'"
After seven continents and the three extra marathons, Orders said, he will be ready for a change. "I probably need a different project, and my family probably needs travel that doesn't revolve around a race."
When asked if what happened in Boston will slow him down, there was a gentle shrug in his voice.
"Oh yeah, I'll keep running," he said. "I am not dissuaded."