The Boston Marathon wrapped up on Monday afternoon and despite the weather, there was no washing out the excitement of the festivities.
Another Boston Marathon is behind us, as the race has been run, the winners have been announced and the world is starting to move on to the next race. But there’s more than just running going on at the Boston Marathon, as the race has become about more than simply coming in first.
Since the bombings of 2013, the Boston Marathon has becomes as much about the endurance of the human spirit as the endurance of the individual runners. It was an exciting day and the winners on the afternoon embodied the melting pot spirit that the race represents.
The women’s race ended with some serious finish line drama, as Caroline Rotich came from behind down the stretch to beat Mare Dibaba and Buzunesh Deba for first place in the race. It’s not often that we see finishes like this with endurance races but this was proof of how thrilling they could be.
As far as the men’s race was concerned, it was Lelisa Desisa’s marathon to lose, and that he did not. The Ethiopian runner took home his second career win at the Boston Marathon, his first coming at the 2013 Boston Marathon which is forever scorched into our minds because of the bombings that have defined that day.
It wasn’t lost on Desisa that he won the race the year of the bombings, and it’s clear that he’s a champion of never forgetting that day for reasons beyond himself. In a touching tribute, an ecstatic Desisa celebrated by exclaiming ‘Strong Boston’ which is a great call back to the new meaning of the marathon.
The other big winner of the Boston Marathon was Marcel Hug, who took home the top prize in the wheelchair leg of the race. He stormed to a dominate finish,
Overall, the Boston Marathon was a major success this year in spite of the weather that put a damper on the mood of the day. You can’t break Boston though, and a little bit of rain isn’t going to wash out the excitement for the day.
The three big winners of the day are true champions and represent the melting pot aspect that the Boston Marathon has adopted over the years and will continue to be all about in the future.
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