Marathon Monday

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By: Connor Lenahan

For as long as I can remember, I was told that Marathon Monday was a holiday with no peer. This was something that could not be topped. I was skeptical of the claims made by my friends, assuming they were hyping up something that would inevitably disappoint.

If anything, they didn’t hype it up enough. Today was incredible. I was able to watch a good deal of the marathon alongside my friends ranging from the Boston University basketball team to our dance team to fellow students. It was beautiful watching thousands upon thousands of people all gathered around the metal barriers to shout words of encouragement along the track.

I spent a great deal of the day with the basketball guys. They were the ones who had first informed me about Marathon Monday. I loved every single second of being with them. I’ve said it on many occasions, but it remains true that they are gigantic parts of my life. They promised me a great day. They delivered an incredible one.

Today was obviously high on emotion as it was the first marathon since the bombing of 2013. I was almost reduced to a blubbering mess on multiple occasions as I watched the strongest souls from around the world head toward the finish. I got to see the hero Dan Mercurio as he made his way through Kenmore Square. I found out with hordes of others that an American had won the marathon for the first time in over 30 years. I ave never felt as patriotic and in love with Boston as I was today. This was a sight of pure beauty. It was all day long. Even as the sun sets on the 118th marathon, it remains flawless.

I may have a sunburn gives me the complexion of Mr. Krabs, but I feel more than comfortable saying this has been the best day not just of my college experience, but possibly ever. It isn’t even over yet.

Boston is stronger than ever. An American won the marathon. I got to be with my boys all day. What more could you ask for?

God bless Marathon Monday.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at lenahan@bu.edu