Ecstatic runners threw their hands up at the end of the race.
Scenes from the OneRun
Thousands of runners who never finished the Marathon, along with bombing victims and spectators, gathered in the rain on May 25 to run the OneRun, a one-mile road race that spanned the last mile of the Boston Marathon. The race started at Kenmore and ending at the finish line in Copley Square.
We gathered photos from the event and talked to some of the runners about their memories from the Marathon, and found out what it felt like to finally finish their race.
Erin Roy (left) comforted an emotional Elise Wulff after the two were among the first to finish the race.
Michele Holland (third from left) was stopped at mile 24 during the Boston Marathon. She knew her husband was walking to the finish line, waiting to meet her.
With the phone lines down, “it was very unsettling,” she said, recalling that a kind person let her into their home to use the landline.
For the OneRun, Michele ran to Kenmore with her kids (pictured), and ran to the finish line. “I couldn’t wait to start. I couldn’t wait to finish,” the Londonderry, N.H. resident said, holding back tears. “It’s just a celebration of all of the truly kind people in Boston the day of the race.”
A woman became emotional while crossing the finish line.
Ecstatic runners threw their hands up at the end of the race.
Kate Hutchinson (left), of Newton, grew up watching the Boston Marathon, and saw both of her parents run. “This is like a lifelong dream for me,” she said.
During the Marathon, Kate was stopped right before the bridge at Mass Ave.
“I’d run for Dana Farber and raised over $10,000, so that was a big accomplishment,” Kate said, pictured here with her sister, Emily. “But I wanted that finish line experience that I imagined in my head. Arms lifted, smiling. It was great to get that today.”
Emily Hutchinson held a sign while waiting for Kate to finish.
Jesse Rasid, who ran both the Marathon and the OneRun dressed as a chicken in reference to Bluth’s chicken dance from Arrested Development, met Rosy Spraker at the start of this year’s Boston Marathon.
When the runners were stopped, Rosy, who lives in Washington, D.C., said Jesse took her into his home, gave her warm clothes, and fed her chicken soup his wife made.
“It was like President Obama said, ‘We will finish the race,’” she said. “So today I did finish the race.”
Her husband chimed in, “So your time is 47 days and 14 hours.”
During the Marathon, Carly Comins, of Hingham, was stopped under the overpass on Commonwealth Avenue. It was her first marathon.
“It was a great closure,” she said of the OneRun. “There was tons of energy.”
From left: Carolyn Casey and Kathleen Casey joyfully crossed the finish line with their 12-year-old niece, Riley Casey.
The girls' choir from St. Ann's Parish in Dorchester sang before the run.
The runners observed 30 seconds of silence before the race.
“It was so nice to see this today and have all of the support,” said Martin Potter, who was “quite a long way” from the finish line on April 15. His wife, Amanda, had finished the Marathon.
“And I got to run with her. She’s usually ahead of me,” he added.
Volunteers carried US flags and a Chinese flag in honor of the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Sean Collier.
Susanna Locke (right), of Arlington, hugged her father Walter Locke after crossing the finish line. Locke ran the Boston Marathon, but wasn't able to finish until today.
Hannah Lodi, of Medford, had been stopped at mile 25, right before the Citgo sign. “No one knew what was going on,” she recalled.
The Medford native described the one-mile race as both “emotional and lighthearted,” especially because of the spectators, who she said are “really what keep you going.”
“It was nice today to be able to not only complete it but come together,” she said. “I feel really fortunate to be a part of it.”
The runners streamed over the finish line, with a scene reminiscent of the actual Boston Marathon.
“For the first few moments we weren not sure what was going on,” Howard Weinstein, of Newton, recalled of being stopped at Kenmore during his 23rd Marathon.
After ambulances started speeding past by the dozen, “It became clear it was a major disaster,” he said.
Howard, who leads a team of runners for the Mass General Childhood Cancer Program, said he got choked up when he crossed the OneRun finish line.
“It felt like the job was complete,” he said.
A view from the middle of the crowd.
“Everyone’s using the word resiliency, but there was a lot of resiliency,” said Megan Hoffman, of Medford, about finally crossing the finish line. She had been stopped near Coolidge Corner. Megan ran the Marathon for Bay Cove Human Services on a team of five, including Jim Laprode, of Hull (right).
While she was running on April 15, Megan said her phone kept going off. “At first I was like, you know I’m busy, I’m not answering this.” Then when the phone kept buzzing, she realized something must have been wrong.
“At the time I didn’t really care [about not finishing] because everyone I knew was safe,” she said. But the disappointment eventually set in, and she admitted getting to cross the yellow line on Boylston Street was “worth 26 miles of emotion in one mile.”
Volunteers formed a human chain up to the one-mile marker.
Runners approached the end of the race.
Chris Dimitri, of South Boston, finished the Marathon two minutes before the bombs went off.
“It was completely surreal and took a number of days to process,” he said.
He ran the OneRun to support his friends who didn’t get to finish the Marathon. It was his first time back to Boylston Street since April 15.
Chris was feeling a mixture of emotions about the race, describing himself as “excited, happy for everybody else, as well as [feeling] sadness for the victims of the bombings.”
Sarah Rudolph, of Boston, closed her eyes as she received an embrace after finishing her run.
At the OneRun starting line, it was “much quieter and more reserved” than the Marathon, said Hans Gould, of Somerville (far right), who ran with the Cambridge Running Club. But as they got closer to the finish line, he said the excitement started to build.
“The coolest part for me was turning around and seeing this stream of people,” said Jon Puz, of Cambridge (second from left). It was the moment from the Marathon that he had been anticipating, and missed out on having.
“People talk about ‘Boston will run again,’” he said. “Today it wasn’t just talk, it was action.”