Everyone knows it will be a special year at the 2014 Boston Marathon, as the grand old race and its host city commemorate last year’s tragic bombings. There is no getting around the centrality of that tragedy, nor will there be for years to come, though I suspect everyone is of two minds about it, as well. Truly, it is a no-win situation. Too much emphasis just validates the cruel act in the first place, too little attention and we fail to honor the injured and fallen, or to show proper resolve in the face of the cowardly attack.
Of course the marathon world is a bottomless pit of resolve, and today the BAA announced its plan for an official tribute to mark the one year anniversary. But due to the constantly moving third Monday of April Patriot’s Day race date, there will be a nearly one week cushion between the actual anniversary of the bombing and the 2014 race.
“I think we’ve caught a huge break with the race being so late this year,” said one media partner. “There will be an Anniversary observance on the 15th, and then hopefully we can move into race mode leading up to the 21st. Clearly, the topic can’t be avoided — but the goal is to focus on that race and that day. Hopefully the events of the prior week will make it easier to do that.”
The event’s official (magazine) program will also reflect the unique nature of this year’s event, and “the BAA is changing its content somewhat for this year’s program,” said its editor. Below is today’s BAA announcement in full. (more…)