Last week was the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and today marked one of the greatest comebacks in America. At the marathon’s memorial, a man was arrested for leaving suspicious bags near the finish line, and many questioned whether the race would occur the following week. After a moment of silence was given and the American Flag was raised, Vice President Joe Biden, spoke out “We are America, we own the finish line.”
It’s hard to believe that a year ago, at one of the biggest marathons in the country, such devastation occurred that killed three and injured more than 260 people. This morning, 36,000 runners took their positions to start the race. For many of the runners, it was more than the competition, but a chance to run for those who couldn’t.
For the first time since 1983, an American crossed the finished line first. A 38-year-old Californian man, Meb Keflezighi, crossed the line with an official time of 2:08:37, to win the men’s division. For the women’s division, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo gained her second straight victory.
Thousands of cops and security lined the marathon and welcomed runners and spectators all morning. Without them, the marathon wouldn’t have happened. Especially after the scare last week at the memorial, many were worried of the outcome of this years marathon and could only think that a repeat would happen. Security was much tighter and did not allow any backpacks on or near the course. Any costumes that covered the face and clothes that were bulky and contained pockets were also banned. Security and Gov. Deval Patrick took extreme measurements to ensure everyone’s safety. Patrick even quoted, “Somebody said it may be the safest place in America.”
With 9,000 more runners than last year, and an overwhelming crowd, it’s safe to say that America owned back the finish line. Boston remained strong, even one year later, and Americans came together to prove that nothing will stop them.