Joan Benoit Samuelson, who set a world record here 30 years ago, came back for an anniversary run and set another, this one for her age group. Amby Burfoot, who was mentored by John “The Younger” Kelley, was back 45 years after his 1968 victory.
Meyer, whose unofficial middle name is “LastAmericantowinBoston,” came back with Danny and Jay so that they could share in his reprise.
“This should have been a beautiful day,” Meyer was saying. “What you’ll remember about it is this horrible act.”