Monday’s Boston Marathon was an emotional yet incredibly empowering affair.
Thousands of runners from dozens of countries around the world came together as one to run the 26.2 miles course from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, where just three years ago, horrifying bombings near the finish line had injured over 250 civilians.
More than 30,000 people – including elite runners, participants running for different charities and causes, and the survivors of 2013’s bombings – ran the course in unity, proving once again that sports can bring people together in the best of ways. The event also gave hope that there is still a lot of good left in humanity, while living up to the hashtag #BostonStrong that surfaced soon after the bombings.
Here are some incredible moments from the 2016 Boston Marathon that show exactly what we are all running for:
Bombing survivor Patrick Downes finishing the marathon on a prosthetic leg:
Adrianne Haslet crossing the line after spending 10 hours on the course:
This runner, suffering from severe cramps, completing the marathon
The amazing (and truthful) presidential marathon sign
A runner scouting for potential employers
Marathoners helping fellow exhausted runners
People only stopping for medical attention after crossing the finish line
When cops offered their shoulders to the tired runners
and last but not the least,
When Lemi Hayle and Atsede Baysa became the winners