Kevin Spacey among thousands attending Marathon weekend events
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Boston Marathon is a tradition that's gone on here in Boston for ages, but this year, things are a little different.
With the sound of the horn for the BAA 5k, a very special marathon weekend steps off in Boston. More than 10,000 people attended the 5k Saturday, including survivors, runners, supporters, local officials and even actor Kevin Spacey.
Survivors Lynn Crisci and her husband Doug were running for their city and their neighborhood.
“A lot of people are saying ‘take back our city,’ but, we never gave it out. So for us this is just empowering us to get out here and enjoy the people of Boston; feel like we're a community again," survivor Doug Julian said.
"We have been spending the entire year ever since making happy memory after happy memory after happy memory, layering the wallpaper over that until you just don't remember it anymore," Crisci said.
Survivor and amputee Marc Fucarile tested out some new wheels for the BAA 5k, with his family and new wife in support.
“It feels great. Honored to be here. A lot of people work a lot harder than I do to get here," he said.
For Norwood teen Matt Brown, who was paralyzed while playing hockey at 15, Fucarile was his inspiration Saturday. Brown was just warming up for his second Boston Marathon with race partner Lucas Carr.
“He pulled up next to us and was racing and I was just flooded with emotions seeing him come up next to us and it was awesome being next to him,” Brown said.
It means the world to Liz Butler and her daughter, to be a part of Team MR8. She was one of about 150 runners participating this weekend in honor of Martin Richard and his family.
“You're just happy to be a part of it. It's the least we can do. They were always a family you admired long before the tragedy," Butler said.
And after 3.1, survivors went one more mile, in tribute to those lost and injured in last years' Marathon bombings.
Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Marty Walsh and Actor Kevin Spacey were at the head of the pack during that run down Boylston.
Amputees like Heather Abbott and Adrianne Haslet joined hundreds of survivors, their families and friends crossing this famous finish line.
"Just seeing the strength and courage that people have is just incredible. There's a great energy in Boston today," Walsh said.
For a lot of runners, this 5k is just the warm up for Monday’s marathon. And that's where the real excitement begins.