One Hundred Thousand  bulbs were planted along the entire 26.2 mile stretch by Boston Marathon Daffodil Volunteers.  That’s a lot of holes to dig!

With all the emotional articles of the survivors, the tribute to those that died, the excitement and energy of Boston to take back the city BOSTON STRONG, I have been interested in what companies have done for their employees who were working or volunteering last year.  Many  have given their staff the option of not working, and employees are grateful of this choice.

My friend Drue works for Channel 4/WBZ/CBS.  She has run marathons in the past,  was in the medical tent volunteering last year and is in the tent  this year as well. She is my hero going back to help at the finish line. The picture (from 2012) is from the Official Marathon Magazine in an article highlighting the volunteers. This is her story:

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“Last year the next day counselors were present at work for all the anchors, cameramen, film editors, reporters, volunteers, anyone who needed assistance.  This year the same counselors were brought back for assistance weeks before to prepare for the Day of Remembrance .  They specialize in PTSD.  There are 3 categories for those effected:  Those that were there, those who knew someone that was hurt, those that were not there but traumatized and effected emotionally.  The counselors assist in ways to cope and identify the triggers that put one in an anxious place.  The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) coordinated 5-6 sessions at the hospitals. Drue attended the meeting at Mass General so that everyone could tell their story and share their feelings.  This was comforting that the raw emotions experienced were normal.  Military people who were trained in war, were effected as civilians at the finish line, as they were not mentally prepared. This was a safe place in their minds.  Nurses and doctors who go to work every day and deal with the injured, life and death,  were not prepared mentally. It became more personal and internalized.   No one judged anyone at this session so feelings were shared in a relaxed environment.  There was safely in the group setting that you are not alone in your feelings.   It was wow…I’m not that crazy after all!”

Saturday, the day before the Marathon, there were 3 races.  Drue ran the 5K and got a metal.  There was also the survivor run, and  the kids run.  Some walk it too as this  helps everyone feel they are involved in the weekend tributes and taking back the race.

Last year I was coordinating the support for Crate as the second bomb went off in front of our store. Although I was not present the day of the Marathon, I was integrally involved with supporting the staff.  The day we could get into the store, two weeks later, we said everyone could bring their dog.  I brought my dog ‘Spot’.  It helped. He was a hit for a couple of hours.  I remember that Kevin Spacey (actor) came to support the survivors in their rehab and there was a truckload of puppies sent to visit the patients.  He left with one he could not resist.

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FUN FACTS:

IMG_2632This year there are 36,000 runners (9,000 more than last yr) , 3,500 state and local police (double last yr)

new police chief ran 18 marathons before being appointed

oldest runner is 81, youngest is 18, 90 countries represented

790 port a potties at the starting line and 202 along the route last year…rule of thumb 1 for every 50-75 runners

11,503 pounds of discarded clothing at the Starting line donated to Big Brothers/Sisters last year

How to hand off H2O to a runner: wear latex gloves and pinch the rim with index finger, hold cup chest level arm straight, make eye contact (make a connection), move parallel to the runner, let go when you feel the runners hand and get out of the way…cheer them on!

Funniest sign: “No more early-morning runs MEANS more late-night____”

BRAVO AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

 

 

 

 

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Not surprising, Alex and Ani captured the moment with superb marketing to sell out their BOSTON STRONG bracelet in 4 day.