Today Show: Boston Marathon Patriot’s Day
The Boston Marathon is more than just a race for Boston. It takes place on Patriot’s Day, a day to remember the “shot heard ’round the world,” the shot that started the Revolutionary War. It is also one of the most challenging marathons in the world, oftentimes praised for the challenging hills and enthusiastic crowds that line the streets.
One woman who was in the crowd of people near the explosion said she was “terrified” and couldn’t stop herself from thinking there were going to be more bombs going off in the city.
Today Show: Marathoners Draw Inspiration From Dick & Rick Hoyt
For the past 30 years of the Boston Marathon, which has been going on annually for the past 117 years, runners have turned to Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-son team, for inspiration as Dick pushes his disabled son to the finish line of the race. Now, more than ever, Boston has been looking towards these two marathoners to find inspiration to move through this tragedy.
Today Show: Boston Marathon Runners Turned Away From Finish Line
He said anyone who has ever been to the Boston Marathon knows how personal the marathon is to every person in attendance, marathoner and bystanders alike. It is a celebration of everything good in the world. You hear cheers all around the city after the race starts. Except yesterday.
“People were running away from the marathon,” Lupica said. “It was the most chilling and sad thing I have ever seen.”
Lupica said he talked with one of his son’s roommates who was waiting for his sister at the finish line. The young man said after the first bomb went off he called his sister, who was at the 23 mark, and told her a bomb exploded at the finish line.
“Instead of running toward the finish lines, they were running away,” Lupica said.
Today Show: History Of Violence In US During April
April seems to have always been a violent month in American history. Over the past 20 years, America has seen some of the worst terrorists attacks happen in the month of April, making some people wonder if the Boston Marathon bombing was a coincidence or if it was planned to happen the same day as the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Other attacks in April have included the Columbine shooting on April 20 1999 and the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh in 1995. Also on April 19 1993, the 51 day stand off between police and cult leader David Koresh ended in a deadly battle that left 76 people dead.