No Trouble at London Marathon


(from Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2013) The Boston Marathon, which is usually a momentous race, turned into terrorist event just six days before the London Marathon was to go underway. Rodney Mushanganyisi ran in the Boston Marathon and was determined to run in the London one as well. Rodney said, “After finishing Boston, I was more determined to come here and run the London Marathon.”

In tribute to the lives lost and the people injured in Boston, the London race began with a half minute of silence. London matched expectations at the race and over 34,000 runners wore black ribbons, while even more spectators’ cheered participants on along on the sides.

Some participants were wary and thought the race would be canceled, but even when the race was not canceled very few dropped out. John Honerkamp, a product manager for Road Runners said, “London was probably the most prepared, coming off the Olympics, so that made me feel a lot better. I was not once fazed or nervous.”  About 40% more police officers for deployed to the race to ease fears of attendees in London. Police said the numbers of people usually at the event were normal compared to past years.

The Boston tributes were in full force with people everywhere wearing Boston related clothing and the London Marathon pledged to donate three dollars for every person that crossed the finish line. The money went straight to The One Fund Boston, which was set up to raise money for the victims at the Boston Marathon.

The people that finished the race ran across the finish line with their hands over their heart in response to a social media tribute.

Sunday morning many runners were skeptical about running or attending the London Marathon, until they found out the bombers were isolated brothers, and the Boston Marathon bombings most likely had no links to the London Marathon.