The Boston Marathon is more than just a road race, it signifies unity. With a large percentage of Boston’s population either participating in the race or gathering around the race course to socialize and cheer on family and friends who may be running. The events surrounding the race in the days before are perfect opportunities to meet people in general. One does not have to run to foster connections.
For over a century, Boston natives and non-native residents alike have gathered at the race course to run, cheer from behind the metal bars or even to report on the contagiously enthusiastic event which only takes place once a year; BU journalism students often take advantage of this opportunity, which some professors avidly encourage.
The race is almost like a parade; it passes through residential areas including ones outside of the main city, like Brookline and Allston. In these areas, the volumes of people cheering and ringing bells dies down. Those who casually lounge on their couches can look out the windows and enjoy a slice of the energy emitted by the city of Boston, through which the sound of people’s cheering practically echoes.
In the video, three BU students, a mother of a special needs child and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate (and West-Coast born Boston resident) spoke about the nature of the race and what they experienced the day of. Some were out of town, some lounged at home and some went down to witness the scene at both the finish line and the more casual Brookline route.