Printed on: April 22, 2014
A Day to Run Strong
By JIMMY GOLEN
BOSTON -- Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves.
With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing.
"We're marathon runners. We know how to endure," said Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health care administrator from Atlanta who finished just before the explosions last year and came back to run again. "When they try to take our freedom and our democracy, we come back stronger."
The two pressure cooker bombs that went off near the end of the 26.2-mile course last year killed three people and wounded more than 260 in a spectacle of torn limbs, acrid smoke and broken glass. But the city vowed to return even stronger, and the victory by Meb Keflezighi -- the first American in 31 years to win the men's race -- helped deliver on that promise.
On Twitter, President Barack Obama congratulated Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan, the top American finisher among the women, "for making America proud!"
"All of today's runners showed the world the meaning of #BostonStrong," Obama wrote.
The race was held under extraordinary security, including 100 new surveillance cameras, more than 90 bomb-sniffing dogs and officers posted on roofs.
As runners continued to drag themselves across the finish line in the late afternoon, more than six hours into the race, state emergency officials reported no security threats other than some unattended bags.
Kenya's Rita Jeptoo won the women's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds, defending the title she won last year but could not celebrate because of the tragedy.
Keflezighi, who did not run last year because of an injury, won the main event this year in 2:08:37. A 38-year-old U.S. citizen who emigrated from Eritrea as a boy, Keflezighi wrote the names of the three dead on his bib along with that of the MIT police officer killed during the manhunt.
As he was presented with the trophy and golden laurel wreath, "The Star-Spangled Banner" echoed over Boylston Street, where the explosions rang out a year ago.
"I came as a refugee, and the United States gave me hope," said Keflezighi, who was welcomed by fans chanting "U.S.A.!"
At 2:49 p.m., the time of the first explosion, the crowd at the finish line observed a moment of silence -- then broke into some of the loudest cheers of the day, with whooping, clapping and the clanging of cowbells.
This year's starting field of 32,408 included 600 people who were given special invitations for those who were "profoundly impacted" by the attacks, and almost 5,000 runners who were stopped on the course last year when the bombs went off.
Shadley leads locals
Idaho Falls runner Jeff Shadley led the way for Idaho runners at Monday's Boston Marathon.
Competing in his fourth Boston Marathon of his career and his 33rd overall, Shadley finished in two hours, 39 minutes to place 289th overall in the 118th annual edition of the revered race that drew a near-record 35,755 runners. Shadley was the first of 124 Idaho runners to finish.
Rexburg's Benjamin Mars (2:55.12, 1,522 overall) and Idaho Falls's Jeremy Smith (2:55.36, 1,580) also finished in the top 2,000.
Idaho Falls's Lynette Kunz was the first eastern Idaho woman to finish, running 3:29.56 to place 9,326 overall. Meridian's Rachelle Christensen was the first Idaho woman to finish, placing 4,361 with a time of 3:11.09.
E. Idahoans in Boston
How eastern Idahoans fared
Monday at the Boston Marathon
Jeff Shadley (I.F.) 2:39.00 289
Benjamin Mars (Rexburg) 2:55.12 1,522
Jeremy Smith (Idaho Falls) 2:55.36 1,580
Michael Horning (Rexburg) 3:08.48 3,892
Dale Lounsburg (Rigby) 3:27.48 8,621
Marlin Ordway (I.F.) 3:28.00 8,677
Jim Richards (Rexburg) 3:28.52 8,951
Lynette Kunz (I.F.) 3:29.56 9,326
Shelley Bernstein (I.F.) 3:41.27 12,855
Alana Wells (I.F.) 3:50.48 15,507
Nathan Reese (Iona) 3:52.37 16,103
Cathy Dabell (Rigby) 3:55.51 16,962
Andrea McDowell (I.F.) 4:01.59 18,490
Karen E. Smith (I.F.) 4:03.05 18,709
Cindy Garrity (I.F.) 4:03.15 18,753
Ken Wixom (Blackfoot) 4:06.25 19,386
Natalie Macbeth (Rexburg) 4:09.59 20,0031
Brenda Dizes (Challis) 4:11.12 20,284
Patricia Russell (I.F.) 4:26.21 22,866
Paul Lind (Challis) 4:32.24 23,817
Debbie Anglin (I.F.) 4:44.58 25,482
Kathleen A. Hart (I.F.) 5:07.21 27,846