Monday’s Boston Marathon comes a decade after the terrorist bombing at the race finish line and subsequent chase that claimed the lives of four victims and one of two attackers.
The exact 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing occurred on Sunday, but reminders of the tragedy were evident during the event’s 127th running on Monday.
Besides the traditional signs and memorials, law enforcement was seen using a robot dog to check the area for bombs. He was tracked down by paparazzi, capturing the strange location.
This year’s race includes members of the One Fund community – survivors of the 2013 attack, along with friends and families of victims and those raising money for related causes.
Some guards who took part in the session said they would think of the dead and their families. Sgt. Brenda Santana, 30, of Saugus, Massachusetts, said she’ll likely cry at the end.
General view as a police officer patrols the finish line area of the 2023 Boston Marathon
A person cleans a banner near the finish line before the start of the 127th Boston Marathon
Workers clean up a wet finish line during the 127th Boston Marathon in Boston on Monday
“I think it would be emotional, remembering the tragedy and the lives that were lost,” she said. I’ll keep them in my mind as I cross the finish line.
On Saturday, several marathon runners in their blue and yellow jackets and several former Boston Red Sox players came out to party near the finish line. Church bells rang and the Boston City Singers and Boston Pops performed “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful”. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who was making her first run for city council when the bombing occurred, joined the somber rally with Gov. Maura Healy. At each memorial site—marked by three stone pillars—they stood with families in silence.
The annual Patriots Day race came to a close on April 16, 2013, when two bombs exploded on the backstretch near the finish line at Boylston Avenue. The explosive was timed to go off more than four hours into the race – when the bulk of the runners were expected to be near the finish.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured as a result of the bombing.
Among the dead was Lu Lingzhi, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China. Kristel Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and 8-year-old Martin Richard, who went to watch the marathon with his family.
On Monday, many of Richard’s childhood friends plan to run the race in his memory.
During a tense four-day chase that paralyzed the city, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in his car. Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds also died a year after he was wounded in a confrontation with the bombers.
Police arrested the bloodied and wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where he was hiding in a boat that was parked in the backyard, hours after his brother’s death. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was in a gunfight with police and was run over by his brother as he fled.
“I think we’re all still living with those tragic days 10 years ago,” former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans said recently.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, but is now waging a legal battle to save his life
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a golden boxer before turning his attention to domestic terrorism
Martin Richard, 8, was killed in a 2013 bombing while he was watching the race with his parents
Former Red Sox players Johnny Gomez, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury at a party recently
Ortiz was known for giving an inspiring—albeit penance-filled—speech in the aftermath of the bombing.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death and there has been a lot of attention, in recent years, about his attempt to avoid execution.
A federal appeals court is considering Tsarnaev’s latest attempt to avoid execution. A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit of the US Court of Appeals in Boston heard arguments in January in the 29-year-old’s case, but has not yet issued a ruling.
An appeals court initially overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence in 2020, saying the trial judge had not adequately examined the jurors for possible bias. But the US Supreme Court revived it last year.
The First Circuit is now considering whether other cases not heard by the Supreme Court require the death penalty to be abolished again. Among other things, Tsarnaev says the trial judge wrongly denied stabbing two jurors who defense attorneys say lied during jury selection questioning.
Not only did the bombing unify Boston – “Boston Strong” became the city’s rallying cry – but it inspired many in the running community and prompted dozens of those affected by the terrorist attack to run the marathon. At the memorial sites on Saturday, several flower pots bearing the words “Boston Strong” are erected what have become known as daffodils.
“It’s really motivated and demonstrated the resilience of our sport and our city, and our desire together to continue to be better and strengthen the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association President and CEO, Jack Fleming. “The bombing of 2013 resulted in a new appreciation or a different appreciation for what Boston has always stood for, what the Boston Marathon has always stood for, which is the expression of freedom that you get and have while you run.”
The police arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, where he was hiding in a boat
A police tactical unit is roaming the streets looking for a 19-year-old suspect
A police officer stops a car while the search for suspects continues in 2013
The fastest and most decorated elite field ever assembled in Hopkinton is preparing to cross the starting line for the 127th Boston Marathon on Monday.
The group includes world record holders, Olympic and Paralympic medalists, winners of major marathon races from 27 countries, and dozens of Boston Marathon champions, according to the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the prestigious race. World record holder Eliud Kipchoge is making his Boston Marathon debut.
About 30,000 athletes will run 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) to Copley Square in Boston. A light drizzle created wet roads at the start and the runners could face a headwind. The temperature is expected to be in the low 50s.
This year the race includes a new division for non-binary athletes.
At 6 a.m. in Hopkinton, race director Dave McGillivray dispatched a group of about 20 Massachusetts National Guardsmen, who walk the course annually, to announce the start of the marathon. He thanked them for their service and wished them success in the session.
Race Director Dave McGillivray speaks to a group of Massachusetts National Guardsmen
On paper the field is the fastest, McGillivray said in an interview, but Boston is about strategy, not breaking a world record. He added that it is very different from other major marathon courses because of the terrain and undulating nature of the course.
“How you run it is just as important, if not more important, than how fast you run it,” he said. Of course you need a fast time in order to win, but at the same time, you don’t necessarily want to go out of your way and try to run the entire race yourself. Some may be. who do you know We’ll see today.
Wheelchair sections were scheduled to start shortly after 9 am, followed by elite fields. Kipchoge set the record of 2 hours 1 minute 9 seconds in Berlin in 2019 and also broke 2 hours at an exhibition in the Vienna Park that year. His best is almost two minutes better than the second-fastest runners in the field, defending champion Evans Chebet, also of Kenya, and Gabriel Gee of Tanzania.
The women’s field is also among the fastest in Boston. Amani Berisu from Ethiopia is one of the three women. Break 2:15:00.
A person walks past a memorial to those killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing