Wednesday night was the one-night screening of the Boston Marathon documentary, put together by the same team that did Spirit of the Marathon and Spirit of the Marathon II. If any of y'all missed it, I do highly recommend seeing it when it hits DVD. At least I hope it hits DVD because I want to buy it. Here are 5 thoughts on it:
1) It's very inspiring, but I didn't expect anything less. It not only covers the history of the race, but it covers what the planning was for 2014. The history mentions the inspiration for the race, the past winners, Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer, and yes, even Rosie Ruiz. What I was surprised about was they didn't mention the Duel in the Sun in 1982 when Alberto Salazar won. They mention how erratic the weather can be, but didn't show this race.
2) It does cover the bombings. As the race director said, the bombings are sadly part of the history, but the documentary follows the recovery process and Boston taking its marathon back. In fact, the documentary never once mentioned the terrorists names. It focused on what happened at the finish line to help the victims, and then what the city did to help the runners who were stopped mid-course.
3) Tuesday's posts were running mistakes, and not wearing cotton and getting the right shoes. Of course, that's only new to running. Some of the artifacts shown from the early races were amazing. The shoes worn could've been loafers at the time. Today's loafers actually have more padding and heel than those running shoes did.
4) I did get angry all over again when the ending showed the 2014 races, and seeing Rita Jeptoo cheat her way to the top. I know it happened, and that's the footage from race day, but it made angry just the same. One common theme was Boston being the people's marathon, and the spectators and cities making the race unique. I still feel protective of the marathon, even though I left Boston in 2009, and there's no place for cheating.
5) We got a behind the scenes with the planning and safety for 2014. The documentary ends with that year's race and showing the human perseverance to come back the next year and not give in to the fear. It was Boston saying "we're back!", and I thought it was a great way to finish. It started with 2013, and then the history portion ended with 2013. 2014 was the final statement saying the marathon is still here, and runners and spectators came back.
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