On May 16th the BAA announced that the approximately 5,700 runners who were unable to complete the 117th Boston Marathon would in fact be invited back for the 2014 race. There were many reasons why this was made possible, but in the end it was best summed up by race director Dave McGillivray’s ringing comment that anyone who runs Boston deserves to experience “the euphoria of running down Boylston Street to the finish line.”
This group of passive, but very vocal non-finishers would go on to be referred to as “the 5700.” They became just enough of a voice that they helped shape the ongoing conversation about what would happen to the runner’s field in the upcoming 118th Boston Marathon leading right up to that decision in mid-May.
Below is one such video that unified this group, created by runner Ryan Polly. He, like myself, was part of a large group of runners halted right at the Mass Avenue underpass, right around the 25.8 mile mark. His video, entitled “Please Let Us Run” sums up how we all felt when there was initial indecision about our eligibility in the next Boston Marathon. Needless to say, this video inspired over 28,000 online signatures on a Change.org petition.
To this day, “the 5700″ continue to rally, pumping up each other via an online Facebook community. Sometimes we see each other at local races wearing a custom Boston Strong 5700 shirt (see below).
You won’t hear much about this group nowadays, and that’s quite alright with us. But on April 21st let’s just say there will be a special group of a few thousand determined runners with some extra motivation to not just finish, but bring to a close a quest two years in the making.
Representing “The 5700″ at the Providence Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.