Marathon Jesus is what one man is being called after he ran the New York City marathon dressed as Jesus Christ. On Nov. 4, Huffington Post reported that a man wore a cloth around his waist and strapped a cross to his back and ran the marathon barefoot. The man has been identified as Makoto Takeuchi from Chiba, Japan, according to the marathon's website.
While you might think that this guy dressed up like this to be funny, he actually had good intentions. On the back of his cross there was a sign that explained that he was running the marathon in remembrance and honor of all of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Marathon Jesus got more laughs than he did praise. Several people took photos of him and posted them on Twitter and Instagram making jokes about him. One has to wonder why such an incredible act is being ridiculed rather than praised. Sure, this guy wanted attention -- why else would you dress up? He could have just raised money for the "One Fund Boston," ran the marathon, and donated the money. But he didn't. Why?
If his bottom line was to remind people of those who weren't able to finish the Boston Marathon -- Takeuchi achieved his goal. This guy ran barefoot in a loin cloth and completed the marathon. Shouldn't he get a little more credit?
It's unknown if Marathon Jesus raised any money for the Boston Marathon victims or if he just ran in their honor. Either way, it was interesting and pretty moving... even if it was unusual. Oh, and for the record, Huffington Post reported that Marathon Jesus also made an appearance in the Tokyo Marathon in 2012. No report on who he was running that race for, if any cause at all.
© Effie Orfanides 2013