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2014 Boston Marathon Triumph

Taylor L. Turner

Political Writer

 On Monday, April 21, the city of Boston held its first marathon race since last year’s deadly bombing.  The April 15, 2013 attack left three individuals dead and wounded 260 others when the Tsarnaev brother’s homemade bombs exploded among the Marathon crowd. Although the city of Boston somberly reflected on this tragedy during Monday’s race, the city ultimately arose triumphant in the success of this year’s marathon. One million individuals attended the race to show their support of the participants, twice the size of the usual Boston Marathon crowd. In addition, the race included 9,000 more athletes in this race than in previous years. The winner of the race, Meb Keflezighi, is both the first American man to win the race in over thirty years and the oldest winner of the marathon since 1930. Besides being outstanding achievements, Keflezighi’s victory highlights this year’s “Boston Strong” slogan in demonstrating the city’s resilient and courageous attitude. Vice President Joe Biden best summarized the city’s enduring spirit in his remarks made at the Boston Bombing memorial service held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.  Addressing a solemn crowd of 2,500, the Vice President pledged, “We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome and we own the finish line.”

 

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