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Boston Strong

Posted: April 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

No city is more inextricably linked to this country’s quest for freedom than Boston. From an early age students learn about the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and all the other historic events that helped set the colonies on the road to freedom. So it was especially fitting Monday that the city showed that it’s indeed “Boston Strong” by completing its famous marathon. Of course, the race came a year after bombers killed three and wounded hundreds during the running of this country’s most storied 26.2-mile race.

A million or more people -- about twice the normal crowd -- turned out to cheer the runners on and to celebrate a victory by Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win the race in three decades. At 39 and considered by most to be washed up, Keflezighi ran a personal best in becoming the oldest man since 1930 to win the celebrated race, which is the oldest continually run marathon in the world. Throngs of people cheered the runners, including some who were severely injured in last year’s bombing and came back to finish what they had started. Rita Jeptoo set a new women’s course record in her win.

For a year now, since last year’s tragedy, Boston has vowed to come back strong. The city, and the 36,000 runners who took part, did just that. It might not have been as dramatic as a battle against the Redcoats, but it was in every way a triumph of the human spirit and a message that terrorists cannot bring the city -- and this country, by extension -- to its knees.

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