Taking Back the Boston Marathon

I will never forget the 2013 Boston Marathon. I am not a runner but my husband is, and I can imagine someday cheering him on at the 26 mile mark. What I can’t image, though, is what the wives, husbands, and children of Boston Marathon participants went through in 2013, when two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260.

Bill Iffrig was 78 years old when he was knocked down by the force of the explosion at the finish line of that Boston Marathon. It’s been reported that, once he felt the shockwaves of the blast, his legs turned to "noodles" and he knew he was going down. The man in the orange vest then got up after the blasts and ran the few yards left to the finish line. The photo of him in the street with members of the Boston Police Department first responders is now famous. Although he didn’t run this year, Mr. Iffrig is contemplating running in next year’s race, when he is 80 years old.

Photo Credit: Boston Globe

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, held since 1897, and hosts tens of thousands of runners competing in a timed 26.2 miles course. The race is traditionally held on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday in April and the day commemorating the “shot heard round the world” — the initial engagement of the American Revolution.

“It’s what we always do on Patriots’ Day,” Monday’s race announcer said. “We run, and we run, and we run.”

Meb Keflezighi won this year’s Boston Marathon and is the first American man to win since 1983. American Lisa Rainsberger won the women’s title in 1985. Twice the usual number of observers (over one million) came out to support more than 35,000 runners. Heightened security included 3,500 uniformed and undercover police officers, bomb squads and tactical units.

This year, Team Red Cross 2014 participant Jessica Jones of Hull, MA decided to run after she was impressed at how quickly the Red Cross sprung to action last year. Prior to becoming a RN, she started her career in healthcare through a Red Cross C.N.A. training program.

As the Washington Post reported, Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, host of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, said the slogan the city has adopted since the bombing, “Boston Strong,” means “to be borne on by an inner and enduring strength, and it means, above all, that we never, ever give in to anything.” Caregiverlist congratulates all those involved for taking back the Boston Marathon as we remember and honor those who were were tragically (and in some cases, gravely) injured in last year's race, along with their caregivers.

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