In a story much needed for a city still healing from a cruel terrorist attack that took place one year ago, American long-distance runner Meb Keflezighi won the men’s Boston Marathon after almost three decades of no American winners of the most fabled marathon in the nation.
One year ago, the city of Boston was struck with a devastating terrorist attack as two brothers from a war-torn region of Russia that were given a home in the United States placed two improvised explosive devices at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. The two devices, made of rice cookers containing shrapnel, exploded killing three people, injuring hundreds, with 16 people losing limbs in the explosions.
One year later, the city of Boston once again held its annual tradition of the oldest marathon in the United States this past Monday, Patriots Day, April 21, 2014. The field of runners was the second largest at 36,000 as the organizers allowed all those who were not given a chance to finish because of the explosions to run again. The city also doubled its contingent of security forces, with police of various cities, National Guard, State Police, and federal agents, both uniformed and plain-clothed patrolling and sweeping all areas of the 26.2 mile long course.
On this day of healing and closure, the crowd of nearly one million spectators received a special treat as 38 year-old marathoner Meb Keflezighi, born in Eritrea, but who graduated from UCLA and lives in Mammoth Lakes, California and represents the United States, ran a winning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. Keflezighi’s victory brought jubilation to an already celebratory atmosphere as the home crowd cheered for Meb and for all those who made a heroic effort to come back from the trauma of the events one year ago.
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