Fueled by cheers, Emerson students complete Boston Marathon

by Laura Gomez / Beacon Staff • April 24, 2014

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From left to right, Logan Reever, Christian Bergren-Aragon, and Brenden Scully ran as bandits, and held hands as they neared the finish line.
From left to right, Logan Reever, Christian Bergren-Aragon, and Brenden Scully ran as bandits, and held hands as they neared the finish line.

A number of Emerson students, including several who were injured in the bombings last year, took part in the 118th annual Boston Marathon.

Lauren Cortizo and Shanae Burch, both 2013 alumni, ran and finished this year’s marathon together. Last year, they were both stopped at mile 25.7 because of the explosions.

“It was unbelievable,” said Burch. “There was an overwhelming amount of love present on that day. It was 26.2 miles of cheers.”

Logan Reever, Christian Bergren-Aragon, and Brenden Scully ran as bandits. This was Bergren-Aragon’s third Boston Marathon, Scully’s second, and Reever’s first.

Monica de Pinto Ribeiro Hancke, a senior political communication and performing arts double major, also ran the marathon.

“Having been a spectator last year, a few feet away from the second explosion, experiencing shrapnel in my leg, permanent hearing damage to my left ear and coming to terms with PTSD since, this was my way of closing that chapter and starting a new one," she wrote in an email to the Beacon. "I ran for those who can't anymore and I ran to heal myself."

Emily Engelhart, a junior marketing communications major, crossed the finish line after Cortizo and Burch.

“Seeing the spectators with such awe and gratitude towards the runners was amazing," she wrote in an email to the Beacon, "because I was running it for them just as much as I was running it for myself."