On the morning of April 21, the city of Boston held one of the biggest events of the year: the Boston Marathon. 36,000 runners from all over the world came to participate in the running competition. However, the race wasn’t about any competition. It promoted resilience and inspiration from those who participated in last year’s marathon, scarred by unfortunate bombings. As runners prepared at the start of the race, the announcer loudly encouraged them to “take back that finish line”, according to CNN News.
The crowd this year grew larger and the number of participants rose by 9,000. Everyone came to support the marathon and the deep meaning it carries for America. The world became just a little bit more connected when thousands share the same motivation to keep staying strong.
The race was tightly guarded by security as any large bags, or costumes covering faces or heavy clothes, were strictly prohibited.
As people could see runners in a distance near the final stretch, the atmosphere lifted up even more. Meb Keflezighi finished the race in men’s elite with 2 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Within women’s division, it was a second consecutive win for Rita Jeptoo from Kenya with an unofficial time record of 2 hours 18 minutes and 57 seconds.
During the race day, President Obama also took to Twitter as he congratulated the winners: “Congrats to @runmeb and @ShalaneFlanagan for making America proud! All of today’s runners showed the world the meaning of #BostonStrong. -bo.”
On this glorious day, every person present, whether a runner or not, was a winner who showed determination and fighting spirit for the marathon’s success. The marathoners ran for the survivors, the victims, the injured and the forever remembered. It was a long, yet meaningful journey.