The Boston Marathon for 2014 has begun. On Monday morning, Boston has unleashed its latest edition of the Boston Marathon. It is the 118th Boston Marathon. The popular running event continues after last year’s event which ended in tragedy when bombs exploded at the finish line, killing three persons and injuring hundreds of other persons, according to the Washington Post on Monday morning.
While it was speculated that last year’s tragedy may keep some away from the event, that speculation didn’t materialize. Crowds have gathered to the event as participants and as spectators. The sense of Boston Strong – as the slogan emerged from last year’s tragedy – is definitely in the air as the marathon begins.
The event began this year with a moment of silence to commemorate the three victims of last year’s bombing as well as for the more than 260 persons who were injured in the tragic event, according to the Los Angeles Times. The three victims were 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, and 8-year-old Martin Richard. Currently, along the 26.2 miles of ground designated for the race, there are crowds of spectators with police being very present. The location where the two pressure cookers exploded last year, at the Boylston Street finish line, are also filled with spectators and the authorities administering safety to the area.
Two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were blamed with the terrorist attacl. Tamerlan died following the explosion. Dzhokhar, now 20, remains incarcerated after being identified with his brother in videotapes of the horrific event. The deadly event also resulted in MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was 26, being killed in a gunfight that occurred in the suburb of Watertown when the terrorists carjacked an SUV. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains at the Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts. He will face the death penalty if he is convicted of charges including detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.