The Boston Marathon, One Year Later
In the year since the Boston Marathon bombing, much has changed—for the survivors, for the runners, and for the city itself.
Marathon Monday has always been a special day at the Heights, and as the 2014 Marathon draws near, race-loving Eagles are bracing for tighter security, a ban on “bandit” runners (those who are not officially registered), and sobering memories of last year’s horrific events. And they are watching for the daffodils to bloom.
The BC community rallied in the aftermath of the bombings to remember the three victims and support the injured.
As an act of both remembrance and affirmation, Eagles planted some 3,500 daffodil bulbs—timed to bloom for the 2014 race—along Commonwealth Avenue. Members of the BC family also turned out for “The Last 5,” a walk around the Chestnut Hill reservoir that raised funds to support the recovery of Liza Cherney, MBA’13, Brittney Loring, MBA/JD’13, and Patrick Downes ’05 and his wife, Jessica Kensky, all injured in the bombing.
Both Downes and his wife lost their left legs due to the explosions, and together they have been battling through a long year of recovery and rehabilitation. Downes says the support they’ve received—including from BC alumni and friends—has been “a wonderful product that has come out of a tragedy.”
As the world turns its attention to Boston on April 21, Downes and Kensky will also be watching. This year, Kensky’s cousin is running the Boston Marathon in her honor, and as she crests Heartbreak Hill at Mile 21, Eagles will cheer her on—and the daffodils will lead the way home.