By Pat Carbone – 1851 Contributor
On October 11, Marathon Monday made its return to campus as the Boston Marathon ran for the first time in over 900 days. Students celebrated throughout the day, from watching runners pass them by on the corner of Woodland Road and Washington Street, to singing and dancing at Arnow Quad.
Due to COVID-19, this was the first Marathon Monday for about three-quarters of students on campus. The last time the event took place, the senior class were first-year students. This year, the Marathon was pushed back from its traditional month of April to October.
According to the Boston Athletic Association, Marathon officials still plan on holding the 2022 Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, April 18. This means there will be two marathons in one school year.
On the corner of Woodland Road and Washington Street, a large crowd gathered to cheer on the marathon runners as they hustled from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston. Over on Arnow Quad, Lasell’s radio station, WLAS 102.9, hosted a celebration for students to sing, dance, and party.
Sophomore entrepreneurship major Cliff Lewis was one of many celebrating their first Marathon Monday. Lewis enjoyed meeting new people and how students were gathered all over campus taking part in the event.
“I was doing everything that everybody usually does, going out there to watch the marathon then move over to Arnow Quad. I did everything. I did Marathon Monday.” said Lewis, after his first Marathon experience.
While students were celebrating on campus, alumni Geralson Winthrow (‘21) was busy running the marathon for the first time. “Running the Boston Marathon has always been a goal of mine, and being there running it felt surreal. It was a dream come true,” said Winthrow.
Winthrow, a native of Mystic, Conn. was a standout student-athlete here at Lasell. He transferred from Newbury College after the school closed its doors in 2019. Graduating in 2021 with a degree in graphic design and a minor in studio art, Winthrow was a key member of the cross country and track & field teams.
En route to the finish line, Winthrow knew he would pass his alma mater. “The truth is I was looking forward to it, and it made my day. I felt proud to be a Laser,” said Winthrow, recounting his thoughts as he passed campus.
“I think it went well, I honestly think I liked this year more,” said senior Emily Hong, comparing this year’s marathon to her first.
“I hung out with friends and was able to enjoy the day outside, it was beautiful weather,” said Hong.
After losing Marathon Monday for her sophomore and junior years, Hong said she looked forward to celebrating two marathons her senior year. “I’m very excited, I’m looking forward to it,” Hong said. “I think it is going to be awesome having my last year have two,”
After the tradition was lost for the past two school years, the community will now prepare for a second Marathon Monday this spring.