BOSTON — Running the Boston Marathon has become something of a tradition for Michelle Kennedy.
After running America’s oldest marathon course for five consecutive years, the Greenfield native has come to learn what to expect.
There is the thrill of joining thousands of fellow runners, unleashed on the course in spectacular waves of color, each clothed to stand out to friends and family. There is the roaring crowd, lining the route to cheer on those they know and most they don’t.
At first, Monday was no different as Kennedy, 41, a local attorney, took to the course that’s come to feel like home.
She crossed the finish line, exhausted and exhilarated, after three hours and 53 minutes.
Minutes later, the first bomb went off.