BOSTON — An image recently surfaced on social media that showed someone had shoveled snow off the Boston Marathon finish line during this week’s East Coast blizzard — and the man who did it has been identified.
According to ESPN, the person responsible is named Chris Laudani, a local Boston bartender.
“I love the Boston Marathon finish line and everything it represents,” the man reportedly said. “And it didn’t deserve to be covered by snow, so I shoveled it off.”
Many hold the finish line, located on Boston’s Boylston Street, in their hearts, as it was the site of the marathon bombings that killed three people in 2013.
Earlier Wednesday, #whoshoveledthefinishline was trending on Twitter, before the man was identified. Many took to social media to voice their support and inspiration by the move.
Even the Boston Police Department got involved — in a good way.
“This is what community is all about,” one person tweeted.
The man told Boston Magazine, “I think it’s cool that so many people feel the same way, but I saw the word ‘hero’ being tossed around and that I don’t like. I’m no hero, I’m just a nut who loves the marathon. The real heroes are the people who were out there clearing the streets and sidewalks, the [Boston Police Department], and the [Boston Fire Department] who risk their lives every day to keep people safe.”
Meanwhile, jury selection in the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused bomber, has been halted until Thursday.