BOSTON (WWLP) – This year’s Boston Marathon was more than just a run and competition. 22News Storm Team meteorologist Nick Bannin found out what this 26.2 mile run really meant to people once they crossed the finish line.
On Patriots Day, 22News got the chance to be just past the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
There were lots of different emotions of the runners just having completed the 118th Boston Marathon. Some were just rejoicing, really happy, having smiles on their faces; others were crying, maybe the emotions of the whole day getting to them a little bit. Others just had tears of joy coming down their faces.
22News reporter and anchor Laura Hutchinson was one of the many that crossed the finish line in pretty good time.
Laura said, “The quote of the day is ‘We run together, we run as one’, and you really felt it during this race for sure. Crossing onto Boylston Street was just amazing. This really was something that brought everyone together and it had to be one of the most powerful races, road race, anything that I’ve ever been a part of.”
Mass. State Trooper Evan Breeding of Chicopee said, “Just thinking about last year and all the pain that went through, I’m glad I got to experience it. It was really life changing, it was awesome.”
Lisa Anderson of Westfield said, “I’m exhausted, it was very exciting, it was very emotional, but the turn on Boylston, I just thought I was going to cry. There were just all these people.”
Once the runners had crossed the finish line they were treated with bottles of water and sports drinks. They then got their medals and then they could relax walking down the rest of Boylston Street to meet up with their family and friends.