DERRY — International journalist Howard Bloom, who will be in Boston covering Marathon Weekend for CTV, Canada’s largest television network, will be visiting Birch Heights on Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m., offering his insight into the 2014 marathon.
The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. was run for the first time in 1897, and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. An event that New Englanders hold close to their hearts changed forever on April 15, 2013, at 2:50 p.m., nearly three hours after the winners crossed the finish line, two explosions occurred about 200 yards apart on Boylston Street, in approximately the last 225 yards of the course. The race was halted, preventing many from finishing. Three spectators were killed and more than 200 people were injured.
The 2014 Boston Marathon will be one of the seminal events in New England’s proud and long sports history. Bloom, who has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the sport industries leading insiders, will offer his thoughts into what makes the Boston Marathon not only a sports event, but also an event that has brought together both runners and everyday people for the past 117 years.
His focus will be on what has taken place in the last 12 months, how and why Boston became “stronger” than ever, looking at the resiliency and recovery from the 2013 event. Bloom will look at what those who attend the marathon can expect and what those who won’t be in Boston but nonetheless will be a part of the marathon can expect to experience.
This program is free and open to the public. An optional full-course luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. for those who would like to stay and tour the community. Birch Heights provides an all-inclusive active lifestyle with three chef-prepared meals a day and seven days a week of activities.
Birch Heights is located at 7 Kendall Pond Road in Derry. For reservations or information, call 425-7755.