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The 2014 Boston Marathon is already underway, but before the race began, ABC, NBC and CBS all devoted multiple reports on their morning shows to the massive security and resilience of this year’s runners.
On Today, news anchor Natalie Morales reported from Hopkinton, Mass., near the starting line. Morales, who’s also running in this year’s race, wore her warm-up gear as she talked about the mood going into this year’s race.
“As the runners start to arrive here, a lot of excitement, a lot of energy. Emotions and security are at all-time highs here,” said Morales. “But meanwhile, people just gearing up for the race of a lifetime, many saying this is the time to take the marathon back and to prove to the world what it means to be Boston strong.”
She then aired a pre-recorded piece about the advanced security measures taken, speaking to police commissioner William Evans, and the feelings of runners participating in the race, talking to a few as she picked up her race number at the Boston Marathon expo.
Morales also spoke to another runner live on camera, Carmen Acabbo, who is running for her sister Celeste, who lost both legs from the bombing as she watched last year’s race as a spectator. Carmen Acabbo plans to cross the finish line with Celeste, telling Morales she hopes they “can just do it.”
“It’s going to be such a special moment of closure for us to just finally say that we’re crossing this together,” Carmen Acabbo said on Today.
While Today didn’t devote much attention in its first two hours to Morales’ participation in the race, at the top of its third hour, which Morales co-hosts, Tamron Hall, Willie Geist and Al Roker talked to her about how she felt going into the race, her carbo-loading the night before and their plans for foot massages after she returns to New York.
On Good Morning America, Dan Harris reported from the starting line in Hopkinton, where he aired a pre-recorded piece about the defiance of those running in this year’s race.
“We have spoken to a lot of people, and there is one thing we are hearing consistently, and that is that Boston may have been knocked down last year, but not for long,” said Harris.
The ABC News reporter also spoke to trauma surgeon David King, who ran in the marathon last year and then rushed to the hospital to treat the wounded after hearing about the attacks. King is running again this year as are six Massachusetts General nurses who treated victims, one of whom also spoke with Harris.
GMA did a separate report on the security measures for this year’s race, which include more than 100 cameras along the 26.2-mile route, monitored in an underground bunker in an attempt to spot security threats before anything happens.
GMA‘s Amy Robach also spoke to JP and Paul Norden, who each lost a leg in last year’s race, with the ABC morning show airing a taped piece about their recovery.
On CBS This Morning, Norah O’Donnell reported from Boston Common, while CBS News’ Mark Strassmann reported from the starting line in Hopkinton, explaining how the race will unfold.
O’Donnell also brought in Jeff Glor, who talked to those involved in this year’s security measures, which included the participation of 65 different agencies. He also spoke to police commissioner Evans about the challenges involved in securing the race route and striking a balance between protecting people and not scaring them from coming into the city. CBS also spoke to the Undersecretary for Massachusetts’ Homeland Security, who will be in the underground command center.
As for the mood of those participating in this year’s race, CBS focused its report on the Richard family, whose 8-year-old son Martin was killed in last year’s attack. In a pre-taped piece, the network spoke to a couple of people running in Martin’s honor, including a close friend of the family who will be carrying his picture in her pocket along the route.
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