RoadSafe’s Avon Branch Keeps “Boston Strong” with Iconic Boston Marathon Finish Line
The 120th Boston Marathon was held on Monday, April 18th, also Patriots’ Day in Boston. The race is the oldest marathon starting in 1897 with just 18 entrants and 10 finishers. Today, the race is the most popular of marathons in the world with an average of 30,000 runners. For close to 25 years, RoadSafe Traffic Systems’ Avon branch has had the honor of painting the iconic blue and yellow finish line in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street. An interesting fact is that RoadSafe paints the finish line after the race and then maintains the markings throughout the year. A temporary finish line is in place the day of the marathon.
The finish line has taken on new meaning, almost a memorial, to pay tribute to the three spectators who lost their lives and an estimated 260 who were injured after the 2013 bombings. The slogan “Boston Strong” became front and center demonstrating unity and pride in Boston. According to Jim Hurley, Avon’s Pavement Marking Manager, “We’ve noticed more people visiting the finish line to snap a photo or just to spend a moment reflecting on what happened here 3 years ago. My crew and I are so honored to be part of this–Jim Sawler, Eric House and Will Belezos do a tremendous job. In addition, this year, we were put to the task with design modifications. Mike Mucciaccio, our Sign Shop Manager, did an outstanding job in the redesign of stencils and coordination with event organizers.”
Congratulations to RoadSafe’s Avon team for all their great work and in making us proud!