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Race review: Boston Marine Corps Honor Run 5K

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It’s been almost a month since the Boston Marathon bombings — hard to believe that much time has passed. But I’m proud to say the running spirit in Boston is as strong as ever.

This past Saturday, I ran the Boston Marine Corps Honor Run 5K along Carson Beach in South Boston. It is a great race that honors those individuals who have fought valiantly for our country’s freedom by serving in the United States Marine Corps. I have run this race before but this year’s experience was much different.

As I grabbed my number and T-shirt, I passed many runners wearing “Boston Strong” shirts, bracelets, and arm bands. Combat boots with American flags and information about soldiers who died during service lined the race route. Men and women of the US Marine Corps were setting these boots up when I arrived. Each member was dressed to run as well. It was amazing to watch as they placed each of the soldier’s picture card delicately in front of his or her boots. You could not help but take a moment to reflect on how these men and women serve us so humbly.

The weather was not the best for running along the coast of Massachusetts. Boston can get pretty windy. The forecast for the race was 66 degrees, overcast, 86 percent humidity, with 13mph SW winds. That meant the second half of the race had a headwind. However, the course is out and back and relatively flat with about 296 feet in elevation gain. The road is also completely closed off, which is a nice treat.

In terms of security, initially, baggage claim was not going to be offered. However, the night before, race directors announced there would be baggage claim but that the exact placement of the bags would not be disclosed until one hour before the race. In addition, the gun shot usually fired at the beginning of the race was changed to an air horn.

Final thoughts: The Boston Marine Corps Honor Run is a great way to honor those who serve our country, and this year had special meaning for everyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Runners in Boston have not lost hope in the sport of running and in the power of honoring others through it.

The Boston Marine Corps Honor Run is a great family race (you can walk or use a stroller) that truly inspires.

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Photos and article by Danielle Bressoud.

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