Good News: Runners Flock To Church At The Finish Line


Dry-fit neon shirts, visors, windbreakers, and running shoes mixed with Easter dresses, slacks, and heels in the pews of Boston’s Old South Church Sunday morning.  The 345-year-old congregation, whose former attendees include Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, welcomed Boston Marathoners to its annual Easter Service.  This year, with Marathon Monday falling right after Easter Sunday, an estimated 2,000 churchgoers waited in line for the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Nearly half were runners, some wearing their bright orange and teal Boston Marathon jackets.  The service broke from the traditional Easter message during the “blessing of the athletes,” in which marathoners stood up to hear a recited prayer.  “Since we are the ‘Church of the Finish Line,’ we wanted to send a message of love, hope and courage to the runners,” Usher Shawn McCartee said. During the blessing, ushers distributed some of the more than 7,000 hand-knitted scarves commissioned by the church to support the Boston Marathoners.  Read more here.