One year later: Marathon bombing victims (and Boston) still recovering
For over a century, Marathon Monday was a celebration of sport, life and tradition in Boston. The race kicks off at 10 a.m., the Red Sox play at 11, and fans stream out of Fenway Park to catch the main group of (non-elite) runners as they reach the finish line.
Here in Massachusetts, it's a tradition that goes back as long as most of us can remember.
Last year, everything changed when two bombs exploded near the finish line, right as thousands were making their way across the finish line on Boylston Street.
Three died. Hundreds were wounded [see the full victim list here]. The city was shaken and was even placed on lockdown later that week, as police closed in on the suspects.
Today, a year later, some victims are still recovering from injuries they suffered last year. Families like the Richard family, who lost their young son Martin, are undoubtedly still grieving their loss.
The 2014 Boston Marathon is less than a week away. The Boston Globe just won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage surrounding the bombing, and many papers are posting ongoing stories about the victims, the suspect, and the upcoming race. Even the Boston sports teams all tweeted simultaneously this morning, with the hashtags #BostonStrong. First used by Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks, that phrase has become the rallying cry for the city over the past year.
If you're looking for some good stories to read, check out the newlywed couple who was injured last year but will be running the race together this year.
Check out Dear World's incredible collection of photos. Also, make sure you have tissues handy.
For over 100 years, Marathon Monday was just a day of celebration in Boston. This year, it will undoubtedly be a lot more than that.