INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For Dave Venable of Bargersville and Troy Frazer and Mark Carlson of Fishers, Monday’s Boston Marathon wasn’t about crossing the finish line first, it was about winning.
“I really feel like from a Boston standpoint,” said Venable, “and all the towns along the route, they really won back the marathon today.”
This was Venable’s 35th marathon, his eighth time running in Boston and his most emotional race ever.
“At mile 2 it hit me, it really did,” said Venable. “The immensity of the event, seeing the people, hearing my name, just understanding what this day was about, I shed some tears at mile 2.”
For Venable what stood out the most was the love he felt from the crowd.
“I heard thank you dozens and dozens of times from spectators,” said Venable. “Saying thank you for coming out and running today, and usually it’s the runners that thank the spectators for supporting them.”
It’s something Frazer felt too. The second time Boston Marathoner said he was overwhelmed by a ceremony Sunday, called the “Blessing of the Athletes.” It’s an annual event at the Old South Street Church, which watches over the finish line.
“They asked all the athletes to stand up and we stood up, and they prayed over us,” said Frazer. “A number of us were just crying about it and just overwhelmed with the support they were giving us, it was amazing.”
Both runners felt the embrace of a city, determined to be strong.
“As Mark and I were walking down the street they noticed we had our medals on our shirt,” said Frazer. “All the people that were in the outside seating just stood up and started clapping and cheering for us.”
“I think that’s what made today very special, the whole country was behind wanting this event to succeed today, and it did,” said Venable.
Today’s race was won by an American for the first time in 30 years. Meb Keflezighi won with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. He’s also the oldest athlete to win the race since the 1930’s at least. He’ll be 39 next month.