In the midst of one of the biggest Boston Marathon’s ever, Meb Keflezighi proved Boston is still going strong. After last year’s bombings dampened the great day in Boston, a new year brought tributes and remembrances of a marathon that affected a nation. This race would serve as a way to show the passion Boston has.
Aside from the remembering the tragic events a year ago, this race brought a historic performance by Meb Keflezighi. The 39-year-old came out on top in 2:08:37, becoming the first American to win the men’s Boston Marathon in 31 years when Greg Meyer won it. Meyer was present for the race as well and greeted Meb at the finish line. While being quite emotional at the whirlwind of events, Meb said, “I kept thinking, Boston Strong, Boston Strong.” Meb knew this victory was all about those injured or killed by last year’s attacks. He had the name of each victim on his bib for this race. Fittingly, Meb Keflezighi fits the image of being “Boston Strong.” As an Eritrean refugee coming to the United States as 12-year-old, he would grow into a running star. However, many had presumed his best running days were behind him as he is now 39. He has won a silver medal and previously in 2009 won the New York City Marathon, but none may be as memorable as this performance. “My career is fulfilled,” were the words coming from the great athlete.
Patriot Day truly represents the great city of Boston. Between the oldest annually run marathon in the world to the beloved Red Sox playing, this day being called important to Bostonians is an understatement. A year ago, the bombings tried to take this day away from them, but greatly underestimated the courage and perseverance of those living in Boston. Having an American win it on such a sorrowful day just seemed like icing on the cake. This is not an annual occurrence, as it had been 31 years between Americans coming through victorious in the male division. For many, it may seem too early, the pain may and should still be in the hearts of many, but that should not stop the people from Boston in taking back the tradition they long for each year. As Meb showed with writing the names of the victims on the bibs and so many of the people present last year showing up again, Boston truly showed the world what courage really means. Well done Boston, well done.