A man with a Patriots sign motivates Boston Marathon runners that the fight is not over until the finish line.
The Boston Marathon started and ended on Monday, with Kenya sweeping the men’s and women’s divisions. Geoffrey Kirui won the men’s race by 22 seconds with a time of 2:09:37 in his first try. He was neck and neck with Galen Rupp, from the United States, until mile marker 22. The USA placed second, fourth, sixth, and seventh, with Kenyans coming in first and fifth. Japan and Ethiopia each placed one person in the top ten.
On the women’s side, Edna Kiplagat won her first race with a time of 2:21:52, beating her nearest opponent by almost a full minute (59 seconds ahead). Edna’s blow away victory came as a surprise given this was her first competition. The United States placed runners at third and fourth place, with Kenyans coming in fifth, sixth, eighth, and tenth. Great Britain, Ethiopia, and Burundi also placed women in the top ten.
One of the highlights of the day for non-runners, though, was the man with the Patriots sign. In an effort of solitude and a jab at the Atlanta Falcons, someone near the finish line had a sign that showed the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl score in the third quarter. The Falcons led the Patriots 28-3 with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
The Patriots mounted the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, winning the biggest game of the season in overtime on its first possession, 34-28. The Patriots proved that just because you are down and close to the end does not mean you have to give up and lose. This man’s sign served as a motivator for marathon runners, who have to run 26.2 miles to complete the marathon. This year, more than 2,957 qualified runners were left out of the Boston Marathon, which operates a lottery system for entry.