From Nome, Alaska to Boylston St., take a closer look at the runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
A group of survivors calling themselves “4.15 Strong” — many of them first-time marathoners — will run with a common purpose.
Eight-year-old Martin Richard, ever-smiling, eager to please, and delightfully mischievous at times, was the youngest of the three people killed in the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line last April. Running in his name this year will be members of Team MR8, assembled by the charitable foundation the Richard family formed in his name — a foundation that recently crossed the $1 million threshhold in donations.
the injured runner
Allison Byrne was running her first marathon, to honor her late sister, when she was knocked to ground by the second bomb, shrapnel in her leg.
THE POLICE CHIEF
With the bombing drama having spilled into Watertown last April, Ed Deveau felt obliged to join his colleagues in running this year.
THE FIRST RESPONDERS
Boston EMT Walter Dunbar was inspired to form a team of runners after witnessing “the best and the worst of mankind” at the finish area last year.
THE ELITE RUNNER
The Marblehead native is more motivated than ever to win Boston, believing it would send a great message to the region.
THE FIRE CHIEF
When he crosses the finish line, Boston District Fire Chief Dennis Keeley hopes to put some closure to a long and difficult year for his department.
THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST
The tragedy at the Marathon forged a strong friendship between Erika Brannock, who was injured, and Laura Driscoll, who was instrumental in her recovery.
The ambassador knows what it is like to lose family, friends, and colleagues to acts of terrorism.
Dr. Alok Gupta was inspired by what he saw in the emergency room last year, and how the victims dealt with the challenges they faced.
When many Boston Marathon fans, shocked at the violation of their holiday ritual, vowed to return this year, so did Samuelson.
THE RACE OFFICIAL
Finish-line manager Tom Meagher was right there, amid the carnage, but don’t ask him to relive it — and please don’t call him a hero.
The memories of 2013 are still vivid and emotional, but he’ll be back, running to raise money in his mother’s name for Alzheimer’s research.
THE STREAK HOLDER
Last year was his 46th consecutive Boston Marathon, which made him the record-holder, and he will take the line for a 47th.