Race Officials Unveil Bracelet: "Bloomsday Stands With Boston"
A look at the Bloomsday bracelets made to honor those affected by the Boston Marathon.
In a tribute to those affected by the tragic bombings at the
Boston Marathon on Monday, Bloomsday officials announced on Thursday that race
participants will receive bracelets etched with the words "Bloomsday Stands
With Boston" prior to the May 5 event.
The idea, which was conceived, researched and executed
within the last two days, is being done in partnership with longtime sponsor
"Like so many who have reached out to us in the past
few days to share just how much Bloomsday means to them in light of the tragedy
at Boston, the bracelets will demonstrate our participant's, our volunteer's
unwavering commitment to community," longtime volunteer and former Bloomsday
president Jon Neill said. "It will serve as a show of strength, as a show
of solidarity and the united front. It will most certainly show, despite the
atrocities of three days ago, that our community stands strong, will not be
deterred and nor will our spirits be dampened.
"The message from this morning's memorial service in
Boston was that America's spirit shouldn't and cannot be broken because of this
event. The running of Bloomsday will be our city's and our region's collective
statement of triumph."
The lilac colored bracelets will be available to 50,000
runners on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be collected by a
participant when they pick up their race number. To receive a bracelet, one
must be registered for the race.
The bracelet started as a discussion between Neill and a
family member. The family member, who is running Bloomsday for the first time,
thought it would be appropriate to have a tribute. That got the ball rolling
and within two days, the bracelet plan was put into place.
"We scrambled, we didn't know whether we'd find a
supplier this quickly that would do this on an expedited basis," said
board member Steve Jones. "But we did and we ordered them on Tuesday and
they should be delivered on May 1 in plenty of time for the race. It's going to
be, I think, a real nice tribute to Boston. A very appropriate way for our
participants to show that we don't let this kind of stuff stand in our way."