Taking back the FINISH LINE

Mile 13, happy to see friends pop into middle of the road.

Mile 13, happy to see friends pop into middle of the road.

 I sit here on the eve of the 2016 Boston Marathon filled with joy and pride.  This is one of the greatest sporting events I have had the honor and privilege to take part in both as a spectator and participant.  

Some think that running 26.2 miles is crazy.  But once you are engulfed with 25,000 other runners, the fans lined up along the route and the buzz of energy that surrounds this historic event, it is hard not to be inspired one way or another.

We are three years removed from the horrible attack at the finish line.  As I strolled Boylston Street the last few days, the signature blue and yellow colors that represent BOSTON STRONG were more visible than ever.  The city, the running community and the world are proud to keep moving forward.  In 2014, the slogan "Take back the finish line"

Just steps from the finish line-2014

Just steps from the finish line-2014

And that is exactly what happened; and continues to happen.  There are runners trying to set course records.  Runners are raising thousands of dollars for charities close to their hearts.  Amputees, visually blind athletes, those living with disabling diseases or conditions are completing the jaunt from Hopkinton to Boston.  Whatever the motive, runners are taking back the finish line.

 

Wishing all a great day tomorrow.

#ONEBOSTON #BOSTONSTRONG