As you likely know, the 118thBoston Marathon took place today, resulting in the first American victory since 1985 (congrats, Meb!). You’ve probably seen your fair share of images from the race, or maybe even tuned into the livestream that captured the spectacle that causes the entire running world to stop and look every Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. The crowds, the production, and the glory of it all make the Boston Marathon a truly remarkable event.
It wasn’t always like this though. Rewind just 50 years to 1964, and the scenes of the Boston Marathon consisted of little more than an underground gathering of the sport’s hardcore. Sure, there were crowds to witness the top runners, but many were limited to running through traffic and finishing on a deserted street with only a line painted on the ground to greet them, all for their own sense of accomplishment.
If anything else it’s a cool video for you running nerds, well worth the 30 minutes. Footage from the race itself starts around 13:30.
As you’re undoubtedly aware, the 118th running of the Boston Marathon occurs this Monday. Juli, ultramarathon veteran and a key member of the customer service team here at the ‘House, will be making her way to Beantown again this year, running the race for the second time after making her Boston Marathon debut last year. We were lucky enough to pull Juli aside for a few minutes to capture some thoughts going into the race. Read more…
Sometimes running feels like a purely individual sport. Every morning when you lace up your trainers and head out the door, it’s just you and the rhythm of your stride. Your training revolves around your next race, your next PR, your next running goal. But sometimes things happen that remind us that running is not an individual sport. As runners we are part of a tremendous community of people young and old, from every corner of the earth. Even if you run solo, you are part of a team.
The events following this year’s Boston Marathon tragedy have shown us how runners stand strong together in the face of hardship. We’ve seen charity races to raise money for victims, running apparel supporting Boston, and an outpouring of volunteer support. Yesterday, Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa gave us even more reason to believe that running transcends the simple act of lacing up and logging miles. He returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino and said, “sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world.” Read the full article on HuffPo, and the next time you run, take a moment to remember the community to which you belong.