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Boston Marathon 2015

As approximately 30,000 runners participated in the one of oldest annual marathons, crowds were anxiously awaiting at the finish line cheering on the runners.  Spectators were undeterred by the chilling rain and temperatures of 40’s.

Undeniably, talk of what had occurred two years ago was brought up among the viewers. However, with the higher police presence, bomb-sniffing dogs, dump trucks blocking the streets, and bag inspectors at several checkpoints, a breach in security was unlikely.

The Winners for the 2015 race taking place today, Monday April 20th were: Caroline Rotich, Lelisa Desisa, Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug.

Caroline Rotich, the winner for the womens division, finished the race with a time of 2:24:55. The Kenyan was not leading at any of the checkpoints at the race and was, for a while, lagging behind as the finish line approached. Competing against Mare Dibaba, Rotich broke into a sprint completing the race just four seconds earlier than Dibaba claiming the winner’s purse in the process- $150,000.

Lelisa Desisa, crowned first place for mens, completed the race with a time of 2:09:45. Representing Ethiopia, he won his second Boston Marathon this year. As he crossed the finish Line he shouted “Strong Boston!” a version of “Boston Strong” moto that became the city’s rallying cry after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three and injured 264. Dedisa who finished with a 31 second margin, won $150,000.

Tatyana McFadden, claimed her third straight victory at the Boston Marathon for the women’s wheelchair division. She was representing not only America in this race but also memory of Martin Richard, a bombing victim from the marathon two years ago. Finishing at 1:52:54, she won by a minute.

 

Marcel Hug, finished first for the men’s wheelchair division with a time of 1:29:53. Nicknamed “Swiss Silver Bullet” this swiss had placed fourth place in 2013 and 2014. He took control of the race around the 15K mark and never looked back. He won by a solid seven minutes.

These winners represent not only great effort and quality, but courage, unity and resilience.

Participating in the race only two years after a bombing not only revived the belief in freedom but kept the spirit of the marathon ongoing.

In the years to come, we can only hope the Boston Marathon continues  and flourishes as it does to this day.

Crouse, Lindsay. “This time Lelisa Desisa wins Boston Marathon for himself.” New York Times. 20 April 2015. Web.

It’s Okay. It’s Just A Leg.

How could we forget the bombing at the Boston marathon? It was one of the worst bombings that we, as a nation, have encountered. There were some that left the scene unscathed, others that went to the hospital with gaping wounds all over their bodies, and three that ended their lives at the marathon. Some of those that suffered then are still suffering now a year and a half later, but a few have chosen to do nothing but complain. Others have changed their lives so that they can be happy with what they have. Rebekah DiMartino, a mom of a 7-year old, is one who recently found out that she needed to amputate her lower left leg due to the damage. Unlike the other survivors, she isn’t whining about her difficulties. In fact, she is excited for this surgery! She wants to start a new chapter in her life, and she believes that this operation will be the gateway to that future.

This isn’t the first surgery that she is going through for her leg. She has so far gone through seventeen operations, and they were to no avail. DiMartino had a bone infection, and lost a few of her metatarsals and tissue. However, she isn’t the only one that is having her leg “chopped off”. Sixteen other survivors from the bombing have also been amputated due to the damage caused. However, she strives to remain positive. She realizes that she is getting a second chance in life, and she will not take it for granted. She wants to “climb mountains” and “run marathons”, because she now appreciates her legs so much more now that she is losing one of them (1).

Her physician, Dr. Bill McGarvey states that along with her body recovering from the attack, her positive outlook at the situation will get her walking in about three months. Despite that, he also knows that there is a chance that she will have repercussions from this surgery, such as continuous pain. DiMartino knows this as well, but she is not looking so much at the downsides. She is looking at how other amputees are living their lives with the surgery. She noticed that life is all about getting “out of your comfort zone” (1). She can’t live sitting in a chair all day without moving unless absolutely necessary. With this in mind, DiMartino, along with her son and husband, are all trying to change their lives for the better. She will also have happy memories to hold on to, like a wedding to celebrate and settling into a new home.

Does she regret the efforts made in the last 18 months? Yes. Is she terrified? Absolutely. However, she wouldn’t change a thing about this decision. She is relieved that once this is over, she will be able to live with her son and husband in their new home, starting their new life.

Bibliography:

Leitsinger, Miranda. “Boston Marathon Survivor Rebekah DiMartino To Have Leg Amputated.” NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

Engel, Meredith. “Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Gets Leg Amputated Monday.” NY Daily News. N.p., 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.