Boston StrongDear Boston,

Congratulations to American Meb Keflezighi and Kenyan Rita Jeptoo for winning the Men’s and Women’s titles, respectively, in the 118th Boston Marathon today!

Keflezighi’s victory was particularly emotional, as he is the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years. States the recent champion, “It was not about me, it was about Boston Strong.” Keflezighi, who was forced to withdraw before last year’s race, still came to Boston to watch the event and was inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza when the bombs exploded.

Equally poignant is the tale of three-time Boston Marathon winner Jeptoo, whose victory last year was marred by a pair of bomb blasts near the Boylston Street finish line.

May the many talented, devoted marathon runners continue to restore Heartbreak Hill with new meaning and hope with each consecutive year.  I salute Boston today as my former home, and my forever friend.

Love,

Brooklyn

Boston Montage