Joan Benoit Samuelson: Boston ‘Has Been Violated’

Joan Benoit Samuelson is a two-time Boston Marathon champion. Photo: www.photorun.net

Maine native ran Monday’s Boston Marathon in 2:50:29.

Distance running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson said she was moved by the spectators that cheered for her during Monday’s Boston Marathon, in which she finished 47th in the women’s division with a time of 2:50:29.

She was also saddened by the suffering that some of those very same spectators went through when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

“I feel as though our community has been violated in a violent and senseless way,” Samuelson told USA Today. “I can’t believe how many spectators spurred me on along the entire course yesterday, and how in the end, they were the ones who suffered the most.

“Yesterday’s tragedy trumped triumph, but the human spirit and the strength of runners and our sport will prevail and right the wrong in good time.”

The 55-year-old Samuelson, a native and resident of Maine, won the Boston Marathon twice during the high point of her career. She wanted to finish Monday’s race within 30 minutes of the former world record she clocked in 1983, 2:22:43.

She hit her mark with more than two minutes to spare.

But now, she’s not thinking about what she did on the road from Hopkinton to Boston this week. And, she said Boston will bounce back from the tragedy that killed three people and injured nearly 200.

“As history has long told, Boston will stand tall,” she said.

For more: USA Today

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