It was a historic day in Boston on Monday as thousands of runners lined up to participate in the annual Boston Marathon. And among those runners was a contingent of over 20 Prince Edward Islanders.
This year’s Boston Marathon had a completely different atmosphere, coming on the first anniversary of last year’s tragic bombing incident that killed three people and injured another 264. The bombing bloodied a world-class event, which was always seen as a celebration of life amid the renewal of the spring season.
The ugliness of last year made the City of Boston, the marathon organizers and race participants all the more determined to ensure this year’s event went ahead. To not do so would be to admit defeat to terrorism and violence.
Boston Strong was the theme of this year’s marathon that attracted over 30,000 people, some of whom had the names of last year’s victims written on their bodies or their race bibs. Because of last year’s bombing, the 2014 race was held under extraordinary security, including 100 new surveillance cameras, more than 90 bomb-sniffing dogs and officers posted on roofs. It went off without a hitch.
One of the race participants was a well-known P.E.I. runner, Stan Chaisson, who was also on hand for the 2013 marathon. He had finished that race and escaped injury, but the mood in leaving Boston was not one of celebration.
This year was different. He said he drew motivation in the large crowds lining the streets from the start to…