The Finish-Line Surprise Meb Keflezighi Had at the Boston Marathon With Another Runner

It’s been a tremendous year for last year’s winner of the Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi. From throwing the first pitch at Fenway Park to being invited to the White House, it’s safe to say that he has become a superstar in the running community. And while he may not have taken first place again this year, what he did at the finish line this past Monday only cements his status as an inspiration.

Meb, always the gentleman #BostonMarathon pic.twitter.com/nCrrE56lVA

— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) April 20, 2015

Making his way to the finish line, Meb grabbed the hand of a female runner who was crossing at the same time, raising their arms together in triumph. While she initially looked surprised, once she realized what was happening, a huge smile appeared on her face. What’s even more incredible about the moment is that Meb had to sprint to reach her (and also did not know who she was).

“I had to sprint hard to do that, but that is what the sport is [all about],” Meb said. “We start together; for 26.2 miles, [we share] the struggle. I saw this lady out at front, and I was very emotional. I was crying on Boylston thinking of memories both good and bad, I made a little surge, it was a fun moment . . . hopefully it will be memorable for both of us.”

It turns out that the woman whose hand Meb grabbed was Hilary Dionne, who is also an elite American runner. The pair later met at the elite finishers’ area, sharing a big hug. Despite struggling the entire marathon, Hilary said, “It made what was a challenging race all worth it.” Meb explained that his gesture was what the running community was all about ¡ª?”to lift one another up.” Before the pair departed, he told Hilary that if she needed help with anything, he was there for her. From the sound of things, it looks like it will be a moment that Hilary won’t soon forget.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Michele Foley

The Finish-Line Surprise Meb Keflezighi Had at the Boston Marathon With Another Runner

It’s been a tremendous year for last year’s winner of the Boston Marathon| Meb Keflezighi. From throwing the first pitch at Fenway Park to being invited to the White House| it’s safe to say that he has become a superstar in the running community. And while he may not have taken first place again this year| what he did at the finish line this past Monday only cements his status as an inspiration.

Meb| always the gentleman #BostonMarathon pic.twitter.com/nCrrE56lVA

— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) April 20| 2015

Making his way to the finish line| Meb grabbed the hand of a female runner who was crossing at the same time| raising their arms together in triumph. While she initially looked surprised| once she realized what was happening| a huge smile appeared on her face. What’s even more incredible about the moment is that Meb had to sprint to reach her (and also did not know who she was).

“I had to sprint hard to do that| but that is what the sport is [all about]|” Meb said. “We start together; for 26.2 miles| [we share] the struggle. I saw this lady out at front| and I was very emotional. I was crying on Boylston thinking of memories both good and bad| I made a little surge| it was a fun moment . . . hopefully it will be memorable for both of us.”

It turns out that the woman whose hand Meb grabbed was Hilary Dionne| who is also an elite American runner. The pair later met at the elite finishers’ area| sharing a big hug. Despite struggling the entire marathon| Hilary said| “It made what was a challenging race all worth it.” Meb explained that his gesture was what the running community was all about ¡ª?”to lift one another up.” Before the pair departed| he told Hilary that if she needed help with anything| he was there for her. From the sound of things| it looks like it will be a moment that Hilary won’t soon forget.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Michele Foley

This Boston Marathon Finisher Got the Best Surprise Ever

This Boston Marathon Finisher Got the Best Surprise Ever

When you cross the finish line of a marathon| you experience many unique emotions: relief that the race is over| curiosity about your pace| pride in your performance| and perhaps even a craving for cheeseburgers. But for Boston Marathon runner Amy Sennett| “Is my boyfriend proposing right now?”” was the only thought racing through her head as she completed the 26.2-mile run.

Amy’s boyfriend of six years| Dan Koh| planned his proposal down to the tiniest detail. “”Every .1 mile starting at mile 24.8| a different friend held up a poster with a message to the couple. Each of the 12 posters had a line from a poem that Koh wrote for Sennett|”” reports The Boston Globe.

Amy| you’ve changed my life

We’ve been through it all

From Boston u2014 (Kaya!)

To DC u2014 (M Street!)

To New York u2014 (Cramped Studio!)

To Philadelphia u2014 (Talula’s Garden!)

. . . and back.

There’s a lot we have left to learn

But I know one thing for sure

I love you| and will love you| forever

You’re the answer to all my questions

But I have one question left to ask . . .

As the pair crossed the finish line together| Koh’s boss u2014 none other than Boston Mayor Marty Walsh u2014 presented him with an engagement ring so that he could pop the question to Sennett. She happily said “”yes|”” and the two celebrated with smiles| postrun sweat| and roses. Aww! Read on for more photos of the surprise proposal; we promise it’s the sweetest thing you’ll see all day.

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Amy and Dan met at Harvard Business School| where they bonded after becoming running buddies. It makes sense that they’d get engaged after a race!

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Gorgeous bling| romantic roses| a loving fiancu00e9| and a kickass marathon pace. What more could a runner want?

These Hilarious Boston Marathon Signs Make Us Want to Run Faster

These Hilarious Boston Marathon Signs Make Us Want to Run Faster

When you’re looking to complete the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon u2014u00a0including Heartbreak Hill u2014 the support of the crowd can be what helps carry you through to the finish line. In a sea of faces, it’s often the motivational posters peeking out through the crowd that give you the extra edge to get ahead. Encouraging, funny, and inspiring, these are some of the best signs spotted at the 2015 Boston Marathon.

u2014 Additional reporting by Brinton Parker

These Hilarious Boston Marathon Signs Make Us Want to Run Faster

These Hilarious Boston Marathon Signs Make Us Want to Run Faster

When you’re looking to complete the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon u2014u00a0including Heartbreak Hill u2014 the support of the crowd can be what helps carry you through to the finish line. In a sea of faces| it’s often the motivational posters peeking out through the crowd that give you the extra edge to get ahead. Encouraging| funny| and inspiring| these are some of the best signs spotted at the 2015 Boston Marathon.

u2014 Additional reporting by Brinton Parker

Boston Marathon Winner Honors Youngest Bombing Victim With Touching Tribute

Source: Getty / Mike Lawrie

Tatyana McFadden did the unthinkable today by winning her third Boston Marathon in a row. As is the time-honored tradition, part of Tatyana’s prize included a gilded olive wreath. What she did with it was just one of several touching moments witnessed today at the Boston Marathon.

Tatyana, who races in the women’s wheelchair division, was running on behalf of MR8, a foundation created by the Richards family in honor of their 8-year-old son, Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. During Tatyana’s winning ceremony, Martin’s father, Bill, was on hand to present her with the wreath. After doing her photo duties, Tatyana returned the wreath to Bill for his family to keep and think of as “a symbol of hope.”

Tatyana was one of almost 100 individuals running to raise money for MR8; perhaps the most notable of the team was actor Sean Astin.

Image Source: Twitter user dhausleon7

Boston Marathon Winner Honors Youngest Bombing Victim With Touching Tribute

Source: Getty / Mike Lawrie

Tatyana McFadden did the unthinkable today by winning her third Boston Marathon in a row. As is the time-honored tradition| part of Tatyana’s prize included a gilded olive wreath. What she did with it was just one of several touching moments witnessed today at the Boston Marathon.

Tatyana| who races in the women’s wheelchair division| was running on behalf of MR8| a foundation created by the Richards family in honor of their 8-year-old son| Martin Richard| the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. During Tatyana’s winning ceremony| Martin’s father| Bill| was on hand to present her with the wreath. After doing her photo duties| Tatyana returned the wreath to Bill for his family to keep and think of as “a symbol of hope.”

Tatyana was one of almost 100 individuals running to raise money for MR8; perhaps the most notable of the team was actor Sean Astin.

Image Source: Twitter user dhausleon7

A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Shares Her Emotional Journey to Cross the Finish Line

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory is stronger than ever. Tomorrow she will be returning to Boston, but this time as a runner. Consider that for a moment. Around this same time two years ago, Rebekah was lying in a hospital bed, fighting for her life. One year ago, she was in a wheelchair, unable to walk. But come this Marathon Monday, she’ll be crossing the finish line with more than 30,000 other runners.

With the use of a prosthetic blade and the tremendous progress that Rebekah has made in rehab, she told espnW that her doctor gave her the go-ahead to run the last 3.5 miles of the race. As for next year, Rebekah’s goal is to complete all 26.2 miles. In a recent Facebook post, Rebekah shares her emotional journey back to Boston and how “there’s no stopping [her] now.”

“It is extremely emotional to look back on the last two years of my life. To remember what it felt like to be bleeding out on the pavement, wondering if I would ever see my child’s smile again. In a matter of minutes, my entire world changed. Everything I knew was literally blown to pieces, and I was forced to start picking them up one by one.

“It’s been a long road. Some days, I’m not quite sure how I have made it out of the bed. And if I’m being really honest, a few times, I haven’t. But no matter what, there is one thing that I always keep in mind. I am BLESSED. And no matter how hard someone tries, they will never be able to take that away from me.

“A few days from now, I will be going back to that same pavement on Boylston Street. The pavement where I thought for sure I would die, and the pavement a year ago, I was pushed around on in a wheelchair at the 1k Tribute Walk. But guess what? This time I won’t be laying on the ground in pieces, or having to be assisted because I can’t do things on my own. This time . . . the only thing hitting the ground will be my running shoe, as I show myself and the rest of the world that I am back, stronger than ever . . . and there is NO stopping me now.

“Boston, I’ll see you soon.”

Image Source: Instagram user Rebekah Gregory

A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Shares Her Emotional Journey to Cross the Finish Line

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory is stronger than ever. Tomorrow she will be returning to Boston| but this time as a runner. Consider that for a moment. Around this same time two years ago| Rebekah was lying in a hospital bed| fighting for her life. One year ago| she was in a wheelchair| unable to walk. But come this Marathon Monday| she’ll be crossing the finish line with more than 30|000 other runners.

With the use of a prosthetic blade and the tremendous progress that Rebekah has made in rehab| she told espnW that her doctor gave her the go-ahead to run the last 3.5 miles of the race. As for next year| Rebekah’s goal is to complete all 26.2 miles. In a recent Facebook post| Rebekah shares her emotional journey back to Boston and how “there’s no stopping [her] now.”

“It is extremely emotional to look back on the last two years of my life. To remember what it felt like to be bleeding out on the pavement| wondering if I would ever see my child’s smile again. In a matter of minutes| my entire world changed. Everything I knew was literally blown to pieces| and I was forced to start picking them up one by one.

“It’s been a long road. Some days| I’m not quite sure how I have made it out of the bed. And if I’m being really honest| a few times| I haven’t. But no matter what| there is one thing that I always keep in mind. I am BLESSED. And no matter how hard someone tries| they will never be able to take that away from me.

“A few days from now| I will be going back to that same pavement on Boylston Street. The pavement where I thought for sure I would die| and the pavement a year ago| I was pushed around on in a wheelchair at the 1k Tribute Walk. But guess what? This time I won’t be laying on the ground in pieces| or having to be assisted because I can’t do things on my own. This time . . . the only thing hitting the ground will be my running shoe| as I show myself and the rest of the world that I am back| stronger than ever . . . and there is NO stopping me now.

“Boston| I’ll see you soon.”

Image Source: Instagram user Rebekah Gregory

Nailed It: The Best Manicures at the Boston Marathon

Nailed It: The Best Manicures at the Boston Marathon

Any runner will tell you that a lot of thought goes into choosing their race-day outfit u2014u00a0especially when you’re running the Boston Marathon. To prep for the big day, these runners treated themselves to a little marathon-themed nail art, making for some extra bling when they cross the finish line on Monday and that medal is placed in their hands.