Never before have I woken up so early on a public holiday however, it is tradition for Wellesley Women support the athletes of the Boston Marathon. As the half way point, Wellesley have acted as a support system for runners since the 1970’s, providing drinks, hi-fives and more recently, a cheeky kiss.
I never really understood marathons until I took part in the Wellesley Scream tunnel during my semester there. The determination and endurance of the athletes really blew me away and since then I have an up most respect for those who run, walk and wheel their way to the finish line. The atmosphere the event fostered around the Boston area was so infectious and you couldn’t help but feel the sense of community. Unfortunately, it did not occur to me that holding up a “Kiss Me, I’m British” sign would mean getting my cheek covered in other people’s sweat. Clever, I know.
Yesterday, the inspirational event that is Marathon Monday was in full force again. However, 2 devices exploded near the finishing line in Downtown Boston killing 3 people and injuring many others. Limbs severed, lives ruined and faith, broken. I chose this “flashback” picture for my image of the week in honour of those affected by the bombings. It represents the spirit of the Boston area and also how events like this can bring the whole world together through sport. The bombings were directly targeting these representations (as well as innocent people) however I hope the spirit of the event will not be killed.
Over and Out.