128th Boston Marathon & One Boston Day

April 15, 2024

I just had my head down for the whole race and was just focusing on my own race. I had absolutely nothing left at the end, but the crowd carried me through.

Eden Rainbow-Cooper, 22, who won the women’s wheelchair race at the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday. With her win, Rainbow-Cooper became the first British woman to claim victory in the Boston Marathon’s wheelchair division, finishing the 26.2-mile course in 1 hour, 35 minutes and 11 seconds.

Big Picture: Other first-place winners in the Boston Marathon included Hellen Obiri of Kenya, who won first place in the women’s race for the second year in a row. The 34-year-old mother hopes to compete in the 2024 summer Olympics in Paris. In the men’s race, 33-year-old Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia claimed victory, clocking the 10th quickest time in the Boston Marathon’s history. Meanwhile in the men’s wheelchair division, Marcel Hug of Switzerland “collected his seventh Boston win on Monday, and once again broke his own course record,” CBS News reports.

Background: While Monday marks the 128th running of the world’s oldest marathon, it also marks 11 years since the Boston Marathon bombing and the beginning of the high-profile terror case. On April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon, terrorists detonated two bombs near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. In memory of the victims each year, people are encouraged to carry out acts of kindness as part of One Boston Day; Boston Mayor Michelle Wu explains, “One Boston Day brings our whole community together to take care of each other and spread goodwill.”

The Case: Last month, a federal appeals court ordered that the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s case return to a lower court to explore his claims of juror bias. Depending on the outcome of the appeal, the court could potentially vacate his death sentence and impose a life sentence instead. This marks the second time Tsarnaev has sought to overturn his death sentence. In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated his death sentence after a lower federal court threw it out in 2020. 

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas