Monday's successful and poignant Boston Marathon featured no shortage of beautiful moments. One of the most touching sights came when a handful of runners carried a collapsed runner across the finish line.
Lowery's tweets do as good a job as any to describe the brief but uplifting encounter among marathon runners:
Runner falls just short of the finish. Four others pick him up and carry him. I'm literally in tears pic.twitter.com/vb9cjxG6pQ— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
Runner gave out near 26 mile mark, right by the site where 1st bomb went off. 1 guy stopped to help, then another pic.twitter.com/gcwMxpssdK— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
But his legs just couldn't do it. The group struggled a few feet. Another man stopped to help, and a woman pic.twitter.com/nM8FGP9Vgx— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
Determined, the two new saviors lifted his legs. He had just a few hundred feet to go. They would get him there pic.twitter.com/5tXvNyDGUJ— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
The crowd exploded into loudest cheer I've heard today. Walking, then jogging, they all, all 5, finished the race pic.twitter.com/HE4QJnh35L— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
As his tweets suggest, Lowery was undoubtedly touched by the sentiment of exhausted runners doing what they could to help one of their own finish.
Thankfully, that extends beyond just one reporter. His images have spread to websites like For the Win and Business Insider and touched those who happened to come across so many retweets and follow-up posts:
On Monday, it was business as usual on Patriots' Day, which is a lot more profound than the sentiment would suggest. A year removed from tragedy, Fenway Park was packed while thousands gathered on the marathon route to either run or cheer.
Unfortunately, as of this writing, we couldn't track down additional information as to the identity of the runner who collapsed or how he fared after receiving an assist from four other runners. We are left to merely savor what is just a beautiful and touching display of athleticism and goodwill, the perfect addendum to an already moving day.
As Jimmy Golen of The Associated Press reported, over 32,000 people crossed the finish line on Monday. We now know of one who just couldn't continue on his own.
Thankfully, the Boston Marathon is the perfect place to receive help when in need. It's an event more about a cohesive unit moving as one throughout 26 miles than it is about personal accolades.
Today's images are the kind we can truly appreciate and savor, which is as refreshing for us fans as is that first sip of water for the marathon's runners. The outpouring of support leading up to the marathon and the positivity spilling out in its conclusion is just another reminder of Boston's strength and fortitude.
We offer our thanks to those who ran, especially that special collective who decided running over 26 miles wasn't quite epic enough.
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