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2013 SoB Story of the Year: Boston Marathon Bombings

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race.  REUTERS/Dan Lampariello  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ) MANDATORY CREDIT - RTXYN2E

It was one of the most difficult days our society had in some time. On April 15, two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. The city, nation and world were rocked, but the spirit and determination of Boston and those willing to help brought normalcy back to Boston more quickly than otherwise would have been possible.

As is often the case, sports helped the city to persevere through tough times. The Red Sox played their first game after the bombings on Saturday, April 20, after Friday’s game was postponed due to the city-wide manhunt for the suspects. David Ortiz delivered an emotional speech before the game, a 4-3 victory over Kansas City, and became a leading figurehead in the team’s World Series championship.

The Bruins had their first home on Wednesday April 17, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres. A particularly special moment occurred during the National Anthem, when Rene Rancourt started the song, then allowed the crowd to finish singing shortly after the beginning. After the game, players from both sides came together to offer a salute to the city and all the bombing victims.

Since then, the Bruins came within a moment of forcing a Stanley Cup Game 7, and of course the Red Sox went on to win the World Series. While it was a tough time for everyone, we’re all grateful for what the Red Sox, Bruins and everyone else did to help out following such a horiffic tragedy.

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