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121st Boston Marathon

by on Friday, April 28th, 2017

On Monday April 17th, 2017, Boston held its 121st marathon. The Boston Marathon is an annual event in Massachusetts that starts in Hopkinton and ends in Boston on Boylston Street, spanning 26.2 miles. According to Boston Athletic Association, the nonprofit responsible for organizing the marathon, there were over 32,000 runners entered in the race this year. The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Although it happened to fall on the day after Easter Sunday, the marathon was packed with fans stationed on either side of the race’s course. From street vendors to screaming family members, the atmosphere of the Boston Marathon is something that every true Bostonian should experience at some point.

Of the many that participated, a few runners stood out in the eyes of bystanders. Glenn Raines, a 50-year-old man, ran the entire marathon dressed as a caveman. Sporting only a loincloth and a bone necklace, Raines finished the marathon in 3:40:43, according to Runner’s World. Another crowd favorite was Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez who ran while holding an American flag. Staff Sergeant Sanchez is a retired marine who lost the bottom half of his leg in Afghanistan by stepping on an IED, an improvised explosive device, as reported by NBC Sports.While he took six hours to finish the race, he won hearts across America.

Over the past few years, many members of the Milton community have also run in the marathon. This year, Coach Swain, the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach, did so. The entire Girls’ Lacrosse team showed their support by cheering on their coach. In past years, there have been many other runners. Last year, Nick Mehlman (’16) ran during the end of his senior year. Back in 2014, Abby Lebovitz (‘14) ran alongside her mom, Lisa Lebovitz, in support of the charity Merritt’s Way.

The Boston Marathon truly is a family affair and calls many supportive family members. This year was my first attending the race, and I was certainly not disappointed. In addition to simply wanting to experience Marathon Monday, I watched the race to see my uncle, John Emy, run. My uncle is an avid marathon runner, having run 19 total throughout his life. Although this past Boston Marathon was only his second one, he thinks that both were special. Despite the incredible heat of the day that required many to seek serious medical attention, the marathon still had a great atmosphere.

My uncle, when asked to comment on his experience, said that “Everyone knows it is marathon weekend, and the crowds are incredible from the suburbs where people pull out their chaise lounges to applaud at the start to the scream tunnel in Wellesley to the crush of people in Boston proper.” In reaction to the heat, my uncle said, “Because of the heat I saw many runners who required medical attention. Several were stopped by cramps within sight of the finish line. I was really impressed to see four men stop to carry one woman the last 100 meters because her legs just couldn’t carry her any more. I thought If I’d just run a minute faster I also could have helped.”

My uncle’s experience on Marathon Monday was very similar to many of the other participants and watchers. Even if a runner had a bad time, got too hot, or couldn’t finish, there was no denying the immense pride felt by every Bostonian in the crowd.

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