Let the 5700 who didn’t cross the finish line run the Boston Marathon in 2014
Approximately 5,700 Boston Marathoners had our dream cut short by the terrible acts of April 15th. We were not able to experience the exhilaration that only crossing the finish line can bring. The most exciting day of our lives turned out to be the scariest. We were lucky that we hadn’t quite made it to the finish and therefore were safe from harm. However, we will forever carry emotional scars from those horrifying moments.
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the organization in charge of running the Marathon, is providing those of us who didn’t get a chance to finish the race with a finisher’s medallion and an estimated finishing time. We are certainly appreciative of these efforts, but we feel our journey is not complete. We worked hard to get to the finish line and greet our families with tears of joy. Now we cannot say we accomplished our goals. Instead we have to say we almost finished.
That’s why I’m asking the Boston Athletic Association, as well as the Cities of Boston and Newton and towns of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, and Brookline, to grant the 5,700 of us automatic entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. We are not asking for a free spot, simply a guaranteed entry. The leadership of the BAA has mentioned that they are considering their options on this issue, so let’s send a unified message together.
We respectfully ask that a Wave Four be created so that we may run with our brothers and sisters in solidarity and healing. We want to be able to finish what we started. We want to do it with one another. We want to be able to say that we completed the Boston Marathon.
A petition has been started to help allow the 5700 runners who never got to finish the Boston Marathon run it again this next year if they choose to. Often runners only get one shot at competing in the marathon in their lives due to how hard it is to get into the race. Support this petition to urge the Boston Marathon organizers to allow the 5700 to have another shot. - Thorne Performance
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