Perhaps it can be said that the whole Boston Marathon 2016 was dazzling, especially to those of us who are barely walkers, let alone runners. And so to best capture the dazzle, we placed ourselves squarely next to three tables at the Finish Line (Boylston Street beside the Public Library) just to see what all that razzle-dazzle was about. Three things — well, really four — stood out.
Table One — bottled water from Poland Spring. OK, so water in a plastic bottle doesn’t seem too dazzling, but if you’d just run 26.2 miles in one of the warmest Boston Marathons to date, you’d be happy to see these little gems waiting for you.
Table Two — ah, those dazzling medallions. Spread out over several tables and surrounded by teal-shirted volunteers, Boston Marathon medallions on blue and yellow ribbons were ready for those who ran the race. Or walked. Or limped. Or were dragged by those gracious runners who (Yes, they did!) extended their run time to pick up an ailing fellow runner and carry him or her across the finish line.
Table Three — mylar capes. As we said, it was a warm day — well, up until the afternoon when the sun hid out and winds whipped the runners. These capes dazzled even the best of the finishers as they relished being swaddled in glittering mylar. And the runners bore those capes with pride — because only qualified runners could wear them proudly down the streets and on the T — going home.
And four — perhaps most dazzling of all: runners who finished. Whether in the elite division or the everyman flock, finishers took pride, as well they should.
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