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WCVB spotlights postdoctoral associate Matt McDonald and his efforts to prepare for the 2023 Boston Marathon. McDonald, who finished fourth in the American pack at last year’s marathon and first among New Englanders, says “the crowds are unbelievable. And knowing that you’ve done it at that point, makes it just incredibly emotional.”  


Kim Donohue will run the 2023 Boston Marathon to honor her husband, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and raise awareness for the Sean Collier Memorial Fund, reports Karen Anderson for WCVB. Donohue is “drawing inspiration from her husband and their friend, Sean Collier, an MIT police officer shot and killed just days after the marathon attacks,” writes Anderson.

The Boston Globe

Postdoctoral associate Matt McDonald will run in the 2022 Boston Marathon this upcoming April, reports Michael Silverman for The Boston Globe. “It’s thrilling that I’ll get to race the best marathon in the world on the street that I run every day,” says McDonald.


WHDH reporter Aisha Mbowe spotlights how town leaders in Wilmington, Massachusetts “voted unanimously to declare Jan. 3 Sean Collier Day in honor of the MIT police officer who was killed by the Tsarnaev brothers days after the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.”

Boston Herald

Boston Herald reporter Rick Sobey spotlights how Army Maj. David Frost, a graduate student in the Sloan School of Management, is running in this year’s Boston Marathon to help raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had emergency surgery for a cavernous angioma when he was eight-years-old. “It was a life-changing moment for me,” says Frost. “I’ll forever be thankful for the work they do, the care they provide, and their ability to show empathy for kids.”

CBS Boston

WBZ-TV’s Anna Meiler spotlights undergraduate Riley Quinn, who is running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for an organization that provides custom prosthetic devices for amputees. “Knowing I’m raising money for a cause that matters so much to me and will impact the lives of others,” says Quinn, “it’s that extra push where it makes me try a little harder.”

NBC Boston

Chris Emma of NBC Boston reports from “Stronger After 5,” an event organized by survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings to remember those who were lost, including MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. All proceeds from the event, which “signified the strength and resiliency of Boston, the victims and their families after the bombings five years ago,” will support the Sean Collier Memorial Fund.

The Tech

“MIT has backed its own team, MIT Strong, to run the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who died in violence following bombings at the 2013 marathon,” writes Tushar Kamath of The Tech. The team is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from across MIT.


WCVB’s Jack Harper reports on the ceremony held to honor Officer Sean Collier and the rally to support the MIT Strong marathon team, which is raising funds for the Collier Memorial Fund.


Kayna Whitworth of WHDH 7 reports on the MIT Strong marathon team running in honor of Officer Sean Collier.


Reporting for WBUR, Bob Oakes and Shannon Dooling look back at the night Officer Sean Collier was killed.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe reporters Laura Crimaldi and John Ellement describe the tributes to Officer Collier during an April 18 ceremony. “Sean embodied the spirit of MIT and the students,’’ said [Sara] Ferry. “We are so grateful that he was part of lives at MIT. When Sean left us, love rushed in. Love will be Sean’s legacy at MIT.’’


NECN aired the complete ceremony honoring Officer Sean Collier live, and made available for viewing the full remarks of MIT Chief of Police John DiFava.


More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT for a remembrance ceremony in honor of Sean Collier on April 18, reports Daniel Lovering of Reuters.


John Moroney of NECN reports on the MIT Strong marathon team. "Together as a team we're strong. We're going to take this city back, we're going to take this day back and that's what motivates me," says MIT Strong runner Julie Pryor.