Imagine all the excitement and work leading up to the Boston Marathon-- earning a qualifying time, the massive fundraising efforts by charity runners, the training, anticipation and excitement- then BAM…enter global pandemic…the marathon goes virtual SO CLOSE to Marathon Monday. Though the pandemic stopped the actual Marathon, its spirit was very much alive- runners continued to fundraise for their causes, athletes ran virtually, and the tradition remained strong and was left unscathed.
In January 2021, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced the Boston Marathon was postponed until October 2021. The race was not canceled and even better— the BAA offered a virtual race option in celebration of the 125th Boston Marathon. This was tremendously exciting news! Shortly after this announcement, Stroller Warrior members from several chapters registered for the virtual Boston. An captivating buzz spread throughout our Stroller Warriors community with members sharing their registration confirmations online and convincing others Stroller Warriors to join! The exhilaration of registering for Boston was unicorn running happiness!
The week and weekend leading up to the 2021 Boston Marathon was thrilling— after watching many of our Stroller Warriors share their Boston Marathon training journey, the race time was finally here! Many members shared their running journey with their local chapter communities:
Everyone from spectators to runners were ecstatic to be back— a bliss was in the air that I had never experienced before during a race! Deafening cheers and screams rose from the crowd the entire time…so loud that the use of music with headphones was futile. During the final half-mile, as I turned right onto “Mount Hereford” and left onto Boylston (after passing my kids, husband, mom, and all my brothers) the crowd’s roar was nearly disorienting…it jolted the inner-most fibers of my running soul!
If this race is indicative of the running scene to come, I can only imagine how the runners at-large will feel when everyone’s favorite races are again open! The 2021 Boston Marathon will forever be a joyous memory for myself and many members of the Stroller Warriors® community!