Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombing

This website is about making your average marathon easier and increasing overall fitness along the way — but sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember past events. The Boston Marathon bombing occurred on April 15, 2013 after two homemade bombs were detonated close to the finish line. The resulting explosions left three people dead and injured or maimed hundreds of others — as they were designed to do.

The two responsible for making and detonating the bombs were chased only days later. One was killed in a shootout and the other was apprehended. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died of his wounds during the shootout and after being run over by his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Both were of Chechen Kyrgyzstani descent but were Americans. Dzhokhar admitted that no one else was responsible for their radicalization and that they were compelled to act because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although Dzhokhar was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die, a few of those convictions — and the death penalty — have since been thrown out. He will have a new trial eventually but the life sentences he already has mean he will be in prison for the rest of his life.

The terrorist event had little impact on future marathons, and the phrase “Boston Strong” was echoed throughout the country. The Boston marathon continued to take place each year, with an average of 30,000 participants registered to enjoy the run through one of America’s most colonial cities. The bombing had little impact on overall participation.

The 2020 marathon was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, and whether or not it will still take place in 2021 is anyone’s guess. The same is true of most foot races around the world even as government restrictions loosen. Most of society is proceeding with caution — even if some people here at home believe coronavirus is a massive hoax.