We woke up this morning to see this haunting picture on social media of a man
shoveling a strip in the middle of a street. With a closer look it turns out that it’s not just
any street…it’s the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Chris Laudani, the bartender now known as the “Boston Shoveler” who runs
in the Marathon every year, meant to clear the snow so that a few people
might see the historic site that means so much to him.
He told ESPN, “The Boston Marathon is the greatest marathon in the world.
It’s a huge symbol for our city and it’s not going to be covered by snow.”
When he heard that the photo went viral and people were calling him a hero, he said no, that there were folks working around the clock clearing snow in the city. Those were the heroes.
But he was happy that everyone who saw the picture was as proud of the Marathon
and the city as he is. How can they not be anything but proud of him.
Photo: Phillip L. Hillman
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