Despite a warmer-than-expected race day, Boston Marathon runners from Duxbury said this year’s race was by far the safest and most positive one yet.
Tessa Casey, who ran her eighth Boston Marathon this year, said the event was important for several reasons, not the least of which was the journey towards moving on from the bombings at the 2013 Marathon.
“It was a great time for everyone to come together and celebrate and move on,” she said. “The Marathon is always a great event, but this year was much more than usual.”
Casey said positive reinforcementfollowedher throughout the course as she worked through 75-degree heat and steep hills. As she focused on staying hydrated and making it to the finish line, people in the crowd called out encouragements and inspired her to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
“I always look at it as a journey,” she said. “Getting to the finish line is great but the journey of running through the crowd and running to- gether with so many people from Duxbury is the important part.”
Casey said she did not have any apprehension about security during the race. The runners at the athletes village were checked and questioned, and security was tight all along the race route. Besides the typical nerves that appear before a 26.2 mile run, she said she was positive about the marathon.
After the race, Casey met up with runners Deb Burns, Siobhan Sheehan, Lori Miller and Ann Marie Winchester to congratulate each other on finishing the race.
Other Boston Marathon Runners from Duxbury included Duxbury Police Officer Andy Holmstead, who was stopped at Boston Common last year during the race. Holmstead met up with Officer Tom Johnson at the 12-mile mark, as Johnson and other Duxbury Police officers were deployed to the Marathon for traffic control, plain-clothes crowd monitoring and standby tactical support.
Duxbury Police Sergeant Kristin Golden was on a plain-clothes assignment in Wellesley, working in the crowd. She was on a team of officers who monitored a system that could pinpoint the location of a gunshot or explosion, in such an event. Sergeant Dennis Symmonds and Officer Johnson were deployed to several traffic points in and around Wellesley. Both Symmonds and Johnson reported to Police Chief Matthew Clancy that the atmosphere was very positive.
“They both told me that a number of runners stopped running and went over to thank them for working to keep the route safe,” Clancy said.
SWAT officer Ryan Cavicchi worked an undisclosed staging area in Natick as a member of a tactical reaction force, which would only deploy in the event that something happened. Because the mood of the race was to “take back the city,” the goal was to not have an overwhelming force of officers and trucks, Clancy said.
“It was sort of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ situation,” he said. “Officer Cavicchi said it was a ‘pleasantly uneventful’ day.”
The Duxbury Fire Department was also represented at the Marathon by Firefighter Timothy Geary, who finished the race in 4:19:35.