Boston marked it’s 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021, 910 days after the last in-person Boston Marathon. 15,736 athletes crossed the start line in Hopkinton, and 15,385 athletes crossed the finish line 26.2 miles away on Boylston Street.
Kenya’s Benson Kipruto won his first Boston Marathon title in the men’s division, with a time of 2:09:51. An improvement upon his 10th place finish in 2019. Kenya’s Diana Kipyokei claimed the Women’s Professional Division title in 2:24:45. This was Kipyokei’s Boston Marathon debut, and just her third time running a marathon. With members of nearly every law enforcement agency in the area ensuring safety, the event was a joyous celebration for all ages.
Early Morning Roll Call
Boston Police officers from every district arrived to staging areas across the city for roll calls between 05:00 and 06:00 hours. These officers from district across the city would hold posts on almost every street corner in the area and along the route helping runners, tourists and citizens.
A Very SPECIAL Thanks to Boston Police’s Civilian Employees
Unsung heroes of the marathon include members of the Boston Police Radio Shop, IT and other civilian employees who pitched in for hours placing barricades. Their hard work did not go unnoticed and was instrumental in the continued safety of all the runners and attendees.
Officers, Fans, and Supporters Lined The Route
Officers from around Massachusetts manned the entirety of the route. Families and fans stood along the way, holding signs and cheering. Laughter could be heard and smiles could be seen, a nice contrast to the past (almost) two years of pandemic and police hate.
Numerous Agencies Provided First Responders with Food and Beverages
Food and beverage stations for first responders were spread along the route, including Cleveland Circle, Park St and Beacon St, the fire house on Boylston Street, and Newburyport Street. In an amazing show of support, Boston Police Patrolmen‘s Association, Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, Brotherhood for the Fallen Boston, and the Port Authority Police of New York provided food and beverages to the incredible amount of officers working the marathon. Union Leaders from the Detectives Union and Superior Officers Union could be seen handing out food, and even manning the grills!
The Tacti-cool Side of The Marathon
Numerous assets from a myriad of agencies were also in place incase of any issues. Members from the AFT, FBI, national guard, Boston Bomb Squad, Mass State Polcie STOP Team, Boston SWAT Team, Snipers, K-9 Officers, CSTs and more were on hand to respond to emergencies as needed across the city, luckily their services were not needed this year.
Command Staff at The Finish
Towards the end of the race, numerous members of public safety leadership could be seen cheering on runners and friends while also managing the city’s response to the event. Boston Police’s Acting Commisioner Greg Long and his staff seemed to be excited for such a successful and smooth event, with not one arrest or major incident.
Boston Firefighters with basic medical supplies could also be seen providing additional support along with route and assisting where needed.
Over 85 additional members of Boston EMS were deployed in support of citywide and event-related medical coverage for the Boston Marathon. More than 700 patients were treated in Boston medical stations, with 17 patients transported from the marathon course and finish line area to hospitals. This on top of staffing their already desperately short EMS coverage of the entire rest of the city.
The Boston Police again showed the professionalism and bravery we have come to expect from them. The marathon seemed to be a change of pace, considering the recent years anti-police undertones. Officers were met with a smiling and appreciative public, shaking hands and socializing with the crowd in their usual community policing fashion. They worked tirelessly long hours to ensure everyone, from runner to spectator, had a safe and happy marathon experience.