A little positive note on an otherwise volatile news day…
UMass football’s gesture to those impacted by Marathon blasts
UMass is offering runners who participated in but were unable to finish Monday’s Boston Marathon the chance to “cross the finish line” during Saturday’s spring game as a way to honor those who were impacted by the blasts that occurred roughly 90 miles from the university’s campus.
Marathon runners will be able to run a lap around the football field at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and cross a “finish line” set up at the 50-yard line. Each runner’s name will be shown on the school’s video board as they take their lap around the field. The football program will also present each runner a gift on behalf of the university.
“Competing in the Boston Marathon is a lifetime achievement and something to be celebrated,” UMass coach Charley Molnar, an avid runner, said in a university release. “These runners deserve to finish what they started and we hope we can provide that for them. We want them to have that feeling of coming down the home stretch to the sound of applause and to have their friends and families greet them as they cross the line.”
In addition, the Minutemen will wear commemorative Boston Marathon stickers on the back of their helmets to recognize “those lost and injured in the bombing, the first responders at the scene and the marathon runners.”
The university issued a statement Monday regarding the bombings: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were at the Boston Marathon and those who worked to help people in need in the aftermath of this terrible event.”