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More than a Marathon

Early April brings spring to Boston, and for students at Emmanuel College that means lunches eaten outside in front of the Muddy River Cafe, homework on the quad and the city’s annual Marathon Monday. Last year was my first time experiencing the Boston Marathon in person. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it had only been three years since the two bombs went off near the finish line. I knew that despite the tragedy at the 117th marathon, it caused an uproar of pride and unity amongst Boston’s people.

My group of five left mid morning for Copley Square with the Fenway neighborhood already crowded with ‘Boston Strong’ t-shirts. There was a buzz of excitement on the walk over there, and an even stronger energy once we reached Boylston Street and our first security checkpoint. The line was long, but it didn’t matter, strangers called out to you if you were wearing anything that had to do with Boston. As helicopters swarmed overhead, crowds of unimaginable sizes were formed underneath speakers and people were dancing together in the blocked off streets. To me, the roads being void of cars from Newbury to the Boston Commons was incredible.

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