The Boston Marathon Story, by Jill Geer

Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography

Jill Geer has been a visible leader in the T&F world for 17+ years. Jill is the Chief Marketing Officer and primary spokesperson for USATF. The following is her personal essay and review of the new Boston Marathon documentary.

as originally posted at USATF

On Saturday afternoon, I walked around Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on a beautiful, sunny day. I picked up my credentials, went to the expo, and ducked into the Nike Store on Newberry Street to check out the swag. I walked down to the Charles River, then toddled back to Boylston Street. As I waited to cross Boylston to return to my hotel on Huntington Avenue, I looked down and saw a few flowers and notes placed on the ground, in front of what is now a Starbucks.

It was the spot where the second bomb had gone off at the 2013 Boston Marathon; the one that killed 8-year-old Martin Richard.

Then I realized that it was April 15, the fourth anniversary of the bombing.

Every person who has a connection to the Boston Marathon has a Boston Marathon story. I lived in Greater Boston for 10 years, and my job being what it is, nearly every person I work with was either there or somehow affected by the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I had been at the marathon for work, accompanied by my family, but was beginning my trip back to Indianapolis when my phone started going haywire with people asking if I was OK.

The days that followed will, I hope, never be repeated in Boston: lockdowns, shoot-outs, shelter-in-place orders. As bizarre and intense as it was, in the scope of global terror attacks, it was actually a “small” event.

But the thing is, as more time goes by, it seems to affect people more and more deeply and intensely, myself included. And for a person whose job it is to find the right words, it is very difficult to use words to explain how and why that is.

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