“We Decide When Our Marathon Ends”

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2008 Boston Marathon

Update 4/17 @ 3 PM: This event has been postponed. More info here.

Update 4/16 @ 6 PM: Although Boston Police officials have yet to comment, many Bostonians are highlighting the infeasibility of organizing what has become a group of 12,000+ walkers and runners. Some claim it would be irresponsible to interfere with rush hour and/or with police investigations on Boylston, while others fear for the safety of the participants themselves. Event organizers have not reacted to these developments.

Even more proof that Boston is a resilient city.

A group of Boston College undergrads is organizing an event they’re calling Boston Marathon: The Last Five Miles. Their plan is to walk the last leg of the marathon route, from BC’s perch atop Heartbreak Hill and on into Boston, in order to “remember, honor, and stand up for all those affected by the incident that occurred at the 117th Boston Marathon.”

At the time of publication, the event’s Facebook page has attracted nearly 7,000 attendees. While some are concerned about the logistics of a five-mile march during Friday rush hour, the positive response to the event far outweighs any concerns. One marathoner, who was stopped at Mile 21 due to Monday’s tragic events, plans on picking up where she left off – she’ll be running the last five miles, and she invites others to do the same.

“For anyone who lost their life…we will walk,” the event description reads. “We will walk to show that we decide when our marathon ends.”

The walk kicks off at 4:30 PM this Friday. See you there.