Jopson: proud to be part of Boston Marathon

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


CEBU’s Amale Jopson finally crossed running the Boston Marathon off her bucketlist after finishing the race yesterday.

Jopson considered her participation special since it was the birthday of her maternal grandfather, Juan Medina, and it was a race that sent a strong message of resilience after it was rocked by a deadlly bombing last year.

The race, which saw 36,000 runners, was under heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops.

The two pressure-cooker bombs that went off near the end of the 26.2-mile course killed three people and wounded more than 260 in a hellish spectacle of torn limbs, smoke and broken glass.

This year, police were deployed in force along the route, with helicopters circling above and bomb-sniffing dogs checking trash cans.

A total of 35,755 athletes were registered to run, the second-largest field in its history, with many coming to show support for the city and its signature sporting event. “Boston Strong” — the unofficial slogan adopted after the terrorist attack — was everywhere.

“The Boston Marathon experience was the best.The crowd support from the start all the way to the end was amazing,” said Jopson.

“I saw amputee runners, blind runners, and a whole host of charity runners that make you so proud to be part of this inspiring and united group,” said Jopson.

Jopson added that her time was far from her best but she just “soaked up the experience and was thankful to be just there,” said Jopson. (With AP)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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