Kathleen Tognacci burst out of Fenway Park like a runner out of the blocks, weaving through the thick crowd on Lansdowne Street, pulling ahead of her 19-year-old daughter, who struggled to keep up.
Taylor Tognacci watched her mother’s white Red Sox hat bobbing through the multitude, which undulated toward Kenmore Square. Together, they followed the crush of people trying to get close to the runners making the turn onto Commonwealth Avenue.
Mother and daughter had a goal: After watching their Red Sox, they wanted a spot on Boylston Street to cheer as friends completed the Boston Marathon. They wanted to help reclaim that moment from a year ago, when bombs exploded not long after the crowd from Fenway had flooded toward the finish line.
“It was bad here last year,” Kathleen Tognacci said. “It feels so good this year.”
This doubleheader — a baseball game followed by an afternoon of cheering for Marathon runners — has been a tradition in Boston for more than a half-century. The third Monday of every April is Patriots Day, a Massachusetts holiday commemorating the Revolutionary War skirmish at Lexington and Concord. Tens of thousands run the Marathon. The Red Sox play a morning ballgame.
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