Two local marathon runners were among the 32,000 people who participated in the 2014 Boston Marathon in a powerful show of defiance 12 months after a deadly bombing shook the nation.
Trent Burden of Steady Brook crossed the finish line in two hours, 58 minutes and 42 seconds to place 2,070th overall, while Michael Coyne finished with a final clocking of three hours and 43 minutes to claim 163rd place in his division and 13,301st overall. The two pressure-cooker bombs that went off near the finish line near the end of the 26-2-mile course last year killed three people and wounded more than 260.
This year’s event was held under extraordinary security, including 100 new surveillance cameras, more than 90 bomb-sniffing dogs and officers posted on roofs.
Meb Keflezighi won the men’s race, becoming the first American to do so in 31 years, while Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race in a course-record two hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, defending the title she won last year but couldn’t celebrate properly because of last year’s tragic turn of events on race day.