When 36,000 runners line up to the starting line of the 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014, running a 26.2 mile race won’t be the only thing on their minds. Though always an epic event in a runner’s life, racing Boston this year holds special significance.
As everyone knows, on April 15, 2013, the 117th Boston Marathon was tragically cut short when two bombs were detonated near the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others, many of them severely.
The first bomb went off at 2:49pm, when the race clock at the finish lined showed an elapsed time of 4:09:43. The second bomb detonated 13 seconds later, 200 meters down the street.
Local runner Marty McCormick ran the Boston Marathon last year, finishing in 2:43:17. He described the experience as one of extreme highs and lows. “The race itself was a phenomenal experience, spending time in Athlete’s Village and taking in the wonderful crowds along the course while running the marathon,” he said.