Chicago's Reaction to Boston Marathon

Chicago's South Loop residents speak on increased security measures at the Boston Marathon today and its influence on future Chicago events.

  1. According to the Boston Marathon Media Guide, "approximately 500,000 spectators line the 26.2-mile course annually, making the Boston Marathon New England's most widely viewed sporting event, according to estimates by police and public safety officials from the eight cities and towns along the route."

    Columbia College Chicago students weigh in the possibility of running in the Boston Marathon as well as how the increased security to protect the audience and runners of such a race will effect future Chicago races and events.
  2. The Boston and running community show support one year after the Boston Marathon bombings occured.
  3. "I tried calling but the phone lines were down, I couldn't get in touch with anyone. It was pretty scary,"  Columbia College Student and Boston native Anthony Martin on his experience post-2013 Boston Marathon events.
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  5. WSJ Live reports on how Boston "geared up" for the marathon one year after the event was bombed.
  6. "I don't think [security] can really do anything, you know I mean, they can try their hardest to make the place safe. If [someone] is going to attack it they're going to attack it– lets just hope not," Columbia College Student and recreational runner Jonah Salazar-Ytafoya on the increased security measures at the 2014 Boston Marathon.
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  8. The Boston community displays strength one year after the event was bombed.
  9. Despite the events that "marred" the race a year prior, the participants and viewers of Boston Marathon remained persistent. Lee Ann Yani, a runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon was "unable to walk for five and a half weeks, [but] eventually got back to training and finished the Chicago Marathon last October in 5 hours and 44 minutes."

    "I'm running for those who can't," Yani told CNN. "I don't run very pretty ... but at the finish line, everybody is going to be represented."
  10. Increased security at the Boston Marathon comes one year after the event was scarred by bombings.
  11. "Probably not, it just kind of freaks me out now because you never know who's out to get you these days," Columbia College Student and recreational runner David Butler on whether or not he would run the Boston Marathon given the opportunity.
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