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.