It was only up for a couple of days, so in case you missed it, the text from the poster in our Boston store window in the days directly following the reopening of the stretch of Boylston Street previously closed to traffic during the investigation read as follows:
Marathon Sports would like to send its most sincere thanks to the City of Boston, its surrounding communities, and its residents and visitors; to Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick for their response, and their calm; to the courageous and heroic first responders who risked their own lives to save others in the face of terrible circumstances; to Boston’s fantastic medical community for its incredible preparedness and professionalism, which directly led to the prevention of greater loss of life; to all of the local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency personnel who worked tirelessly in the days following the tragedy to help protect our fair city and bring a sense of justice and safety to us all; to the Boston Athletic Association for being a symbol of the competitive spirit despite overwhelming odds; andto the entire running community and industry, its vendors, retailers, and partners.
And a huge debt of gratitude goes out to the City of Boston’s disaster recovery service teams for making our reopening on Boylston Street a number one priority. Their crews worked around the clock starting Monday, April 22, fully replacing our floor (see right) in the process, and as a result we were able to open our doors for the first time atapproximately 2:00pm on Thursday, April 25.
Thank you to all those responsible for the cleanup and the restoration of the site: ARS Restoration for the complete and total overhaul of the retail space, 24 Trauma for the cleanup of the site both inside and out, and the City of Boston Department of Public Works. Your crews were fantastic, selfless, and worked their asses off in an extraordinary collaborative effort to get this job done quickly and professionally. Thanks to you all, we’re back.
And huge thanks to the scores of loyal customers who showed up, showed their support, and helped to raise over $50,000 for the One Fund in our first weekend back in business. This community is rebounding together, galvanized, and running again.Boston Strong.