Boston Marathon Inspires
The Boston Marathon, which took place on Patriot’s Day, is this country’s oldest running event. The day was raw and rainy – one of the coldest marathons in years. Police presence was undeniable. Security was tight. Streets were blocked off around the finish line, and there were checkpoints where spectators’ bags and backpacks were searched. Despite that, there was a vibe in the air – a Boston Strong vibe.
About 30,000 people ran the marathon on Monday with approximately a million people cheering them on.
Ring that cowbell!
There are so many words to describe my feelings as I watched the marathon.
I was amazed by the participants and their special reasons for running the marathon. Their dedication and determination still bowls me over.
I was inspired by those who have physical disabilities and chose to participate. Maickel Melamed, a native of Venezuela, has a rare form of muscular dystrophy which makes it very difficult for him to walk. It took him a little over twenty hours, but with determination, Melamed achieved his goal of completing the Boston Marathon. Now there’s a champion!
I was proud to see our military men and women running in uniform and their heavy boots!
I was excited to watch as the women’s and men’s elite runners battled to be crowned the winners. Special cheers rang out for our elite American runners.
I was emotional seeing the place where one of the bombs went off in 2013.
I was sympathetic as I watched runners make the long trek to the buses after they crossed the finish line. It was the agony of “de-feet,” legs, and the unusually cold weather.
Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon remind me of the strength, courage, hope of people. It’s truly a day to be a proud American.
If you’re interested in the history of the Boston Marathon, check out these books.
Boston Marathon-Centennial Race Edition by Tom Derderian
26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square by Michael Connelly