The Weekender: Boston's Saturday Morning Newsletter
How to get out (and get involved) this pre-Boston Marathon weekend
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Today marks exactly 10 years since the Boston Marathon bombings. In the decade that’s since transpired, so much has changed about the city — our leadership, our skyline — but one thing that hasn’t shifted since 2013 is this city’s steadfast support of its people in the face of tragedy. We recognize those who worked to take quick action after the bombings, as well as the resilience and strength demonstrated by each citizen uniquely affected by the traumatic events of April 15, 2013.
Since 2015, the city has recognized April 15 as “One Boston Day,” encouraging Bostonians to share the same selflessness and community care they did in the wake of the attacks. This year’s One Boston Day events — which run through next weekend — include blood drives, beach cleanups, a portrait project and other community events meant to bolster our connections to the city and one another.
There will also be a special public remembrance this afternoon at the finish line on Boylston Street to unveil a new One Boston Day marker, plus the weekend’s annual 5K, one-mile invitational and other pre-marathon festivities for runners and fans alike. If you’re interested, the packed slate of events are an excellent opportunity to get outside and do some good. Here’s what to know before you go.
And don’t forget: Monday is a state holiday. If you’re looking for some pre-Patriots’ day activities, the Museum of Science is hosting a special lineup of presentations today and tomorrow on what it takes to run a long-distance race like the Boston Marathon. You’ll learn more about the biology that helps runners conquer those exhausting 26.2 miles and have the opportunity to test out some of the same items they use to recover post-race. Find out more about the event — and explore more April break activities happening in the city — here.
P.S. — Keep an eye out for Monday’s edition of WBUR Today for more marathon day logistics. From where to watch the race to how to get there, it will cover all the information you’ll want to know on race day.