With the commencement of the 2014 Boston Marathon, we couldn’t be more proud of the moral, sportsmanship, dedication and hard work that went into every step of it’s 30,000+ competitors to complete their 26.2 mile journey. It was clearly an epic day for all.
The energy before the race was clearly electric. Fans were confident that this would be the best year yet… putting well behind them the tragedy that struck last year’s race. Being one of the biggest and most exciting race days for Boston, both competitors and spectators made an even greater connection then ever with each other. The cheers and hi-fives were endless along the stretch of the entire 26.2 mile course… more than 36000 people ran the race this year, which is over 9,000 more than last year!
It was a great win for the Americans when at a little over 2 hours after the race started, Meb Keflezighi, 38, crossed the finish line with an unofficial time of 2:08:37, being the first American to win the race since 1983. Not only that, it was an unbelievable day of record breaking for the women’s division with a time of 2:18:57, by Kenyan native Rita Jeptoo – which was her second straight win, and 3rd win of the Boston Marathon overall, breaking the course record by about 4-5 minutes. She was only about 10 minutes away from the winner in the men’s division, which is an amazing feat – typically the women run 30 minutes slower than the men overall. In another few years they’ll be combining men and women’s divisions if that pace keeps up! I couldn’t think of a better way for the Boston Marathon to end then by being BOSTON STRONG!
Another spectacular happening during the race was when one runner got to about the 26th mile mark and began to shake and stumble… he had gone so far that he had gotten to a point where his legs were just about to give out… when suddenly… a man came up beside him and put his arm around the man and began helping him walk… he was tired and exhausted himself… but he didn’t want the other man to give up… shortly after, a 2nd man saw the struggle and grabbed his other arm to help…. but the runner couldn’t move his own legs… a few seconds later, two more runners showed up and they grabbed both of his legs… and the four of them carried him to the finish line — setting him down right before so he could walk over himself… Quite amazing… no one left behind and it is what the Boston Marathon is all about… the video will melt your heart! It was a beautiful day in Boston, and one that will be remembered more than any other!