Final Mile of Boston Marathon

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The light rain did not stop thousands of athletes who joined the victims of last month’s bombing to run and walk the final mile of the Boston marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon.

Spokesperson Kathleen McGonagle organized the event, known as OneRun, said, “For the runner that didn’t get the chance to finish the marathon, this is the chance for them to experience the final mile that was taken away from them.”  She continued, saying that the event honors victims and emergency workers to reclaim the final mile.

At the start of the race, the choir from St. Ann Parish sang the National Anthem. It was beautiful and emotional. There were a lot of tears as the opening of the event took place. The OneRun event organized for the runners to heal from the traumatic events of that fatal April 15th tragedy. The crowds cheered and encouraged the runners as they came down the street. It was an emotional healing event as the runners crossed the finish line in the last mile.

Steve Poirier of Chelmsford was running his sixth Boston Marathon when he was turned back, saying, “As a runner, you want the chance to finish. Better late than never.”

Norden and his brother J.P lost their right legs in the Boston Marathon bombing last month. They were near a Boylston Street restaurant when the second bomb detonated. Norden an ardent Ravens fan received support and inspiration from Ray Lewis, his favorite player on the team, through Facebook messaging, and an invitation to attend one of their matches. The courage and determination to survive this ordeal was tough for the two of them, but with the support structure of friends and family, the two brothers have made a remarkable recovery. It is their positive attitude that encourages others to reach out and help victims heal.

The city is still struggling to cope with the disaster of the fatal bombing, which remains constantly in the news. The spontaneous public support is growing a month following a disaster that left three dead and more than 260 injured. Copley Square is like an outdoor cathedral, with ribbons, hats, American Flags, flowers and running shoes piling up. It has become the central icon of grief, and outpouring of sorrow.

For the public it is the intensity of the experience, where objects offered seemed to be a way of honoring that moment of shock, and a way of remembering. It is natural to sustain the sadness and focus on preserving the things representing it, before they reach out to embrace life. The memory will remain and Copley Square will always be a reminder of the tragedy. The memorial symbols placed at Copley Square will not change, the public grief will eventually begin to subside, yet, they will forever remember April 15, 2013.

A loss of privacy is causing a Saudi Arabian Student, who briefly became an object of suspicion after the Boston bombings, to consider a lawsuit against the wrongful accusations he encountered in the media and on the internet. Alharbi a student in Boston was injured in the blast and questioned immediately upon his arrival to the hospital. Alharbi was one of two Saudis injured in the attacks, and one of several men falsely accused in the aftermath.

Written by Laura Oneale

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