Boston Marathon’s Inspirational HeroesThis year’s 120th Boston Marathon saw 26,639 people line up at Mile Zero to attempt the 26.2 mile course, and there were some truly inspiration participants really show how strong, resilient and generous the human spirit can be.
When professional ballroom dancer Adrienne Haslet-Davis lost her leg as a bystander during the 2013 Boston bombings, running the marathon herself seemed an impossible dream. However, Haslet-Davies was determined not to be beaten, and after giving herself a 6 month time-frame to train- a tough challenge for even the most able bodied- she finished, and was honored by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for her courage.
The marathon’s final finisher this year was 72 year old Fran Drozdz, who has wanted to run the Boston Marathon for some time. This year, she made it on to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team, who have been trying to raise $5.4 million for cancer research. Drodz’s husband Stan is fighting cancer for the third time, and she ran in his honor, proving that it doesn't matter what time you finish in, what matters is why you’re doing it. There were also seven finishers over the age of 80 in this year’s Boston Marathon, proof that goals can be achieved at any age.
Team Hoyt are a father son duo who have ran the course 32 times since 1980, with father Dick pushing son Rick, who suffers from cerebral palsy, in a modified wheelchair. Since last year, Bryan Lyons has taken over Dick’s role, and he and Rick continue to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation and keep their inspiring presence on the Boston Marathon circuit.
Watch below to see the incredible moment Adrienne Haslet-Davies crossed the finish line!