In Massachusetts, Patriot's Day (the third Monday in April) commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. In Boston, Patriot's Day is also "Marathon Monday." This year was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, and several Middlesex runners participated. The end of the race was punctuacted by two explosions, tragically killing three people and wounding scores of others. Although faculty, staff, students, and alumni had been in Boston to cheer on the runners, no members of the Middlesex community were injured.
One of the Middlesex runners, Ian Nurse '96, ran for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and came in 44th overall. He was recently interviewed by Boston Magazine. Nurse's classmate David Kyle '96 also ran, and posted on the Middlesex Facebook page, "See, I am still running, Mr. Beaton!" Elise Weiner Wulff '05 ran for Voices of Hope, an organization that raises funds for cancer research through theatrical performances. Kate Donohue '11 ran for the Campus School, an on site educational facility at Boston College's Lynch School of Education that offers a full range of educational and therapeutic services to students with a variety of severe special needs. Caroline Pierce '08 ran on the Mass General Hospital team.
We are proud of these alumni both for their determination and their charitable motivations, and we are grateful for their safety.