On the Street Where I Live: Boston Marathon 2014

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Boston Marathon 2014

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Boston Marathon 2014 Team MR8. Note the word “Jane” on the runner’s arm.

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On the street where I live – Boston Marathon 2014

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Team Hoyt. This was the Hoyt’s 32nd and final Boston Marathon.

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Boston Strong – Boston Marathon 2014

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Increased security prohibited outlandish costumes but didn’t bar utilikilts and star-spangled tights.

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Juggling and all that jazz.
The drummer played non-stop for six hours, and the juggler kept the balls in the air for 26.2 miles.


Thanks to Erica and WordPress for their Weekly Writing Challenge: Great Expectations. Erica has challenged us to explore expectations, met, or unmet. Certainly the bombings at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon were not expected. This year, I expected that things would be different – new security measures, new race logistics, new “motivations” for some participants, etc. Media coverage in the months leading up to today’s race had ramped up, and I was prepared for the intense “Boston Strong” focus, but I was not expecting the emotional experience of seeing the many yellow shirts with “Team MR8.” There, beneath the lettering MR8 on those shirts was the word “peace” in Martin’s childish penmanship, the same young handwriting on his now-famous poster that says “No more hurting people. Peace.” When I saw that simple word through my lens, I wept, I sat down on the wall and wept unexpectedly.

Thanks to Krista and WordPress for their Daily Prompt: Because the Night. For today’s Daily Prompt, Krista asked if we are night owls or early birds. Over time, I have morphed into being an early bird, HOWEVER the night before the running of the Boston Marathon creates an unusual challenge for early risers who happen to live right on the marathon route, as I do: the Midnight Marathon bike ride sees about 1,000 cyclists following the marathon race route, starting at midnight the night before the road race. The joyful, often boisterous sounds of crowds cheering the bikers allowed for only intermittent sleep before an early sunrise.

Thanks to Sara Rosso and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top. The last photo in my series shows a juggler who managed to keep one of his balls on top of the other four balls for the full 26.2 miles. Using a subtly different definition of “on top,” all of the athletes shown in these photos were on top of their game, as the expression goes.


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

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Boston Marathon

Posted on April 21, 2014, in Art, Boston Marathon, Community, daily prompt, DPchallenge, Inspiration, Photo Essay, Photography, postaday, Sports Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. The images are beautiful!

  2. At me new job

  3. Fantastic images, a beautiful, inspiring, heartwarming, bittersweet day. The runner with Jane’s name just pulls at my heart strings.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment! I totally agree about the runner with “Jane” on her arm – she was a very powerful presence IMO, seeing her wearing Jane’s name got me choked up.

  4. So much courage and inspiration has sprung up from this senseless and horrific act. We are claiming Boston-strong as our motto, whether or not it is our hometown. It is in our hearts.

  5. Glorious photographs. Thank you for sharing. ‘Boston Strong!’

  6. Awesome pictures!
    Even more awesome write!

  7. Though Boston is far away, the human heart, its determination and kindness, is always near. Thank you for these portraits.

    • You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind comment. Your observation is true, and the responses of those witnessing the marathon from both near and far are a testament to that which is good in humankind.

  8. laurie27wsmith

    Great pics here, good to see the runners weren’t deterred by cowardly terrorists.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked this post, and you’re right – the runners, and the crowds, were not deterred, and security was stronger than ever. The drone of helicopters overhead at times evoked a scene from Apocalypse Now, even in the days before the actual race was run.

      • laurie27wsmith

        It would have been a stressful time for everybody but we can’t let cowards win. The downside is our lives are forever changed because of increased security. I heard that the Russians knew all about the plot to bomb the marathon but only came good with the info after the event.

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