Leave it to Americans to turn an already American AF event into an even MORE American AF event.
The Boston Marathon went from a work-skipping day for local Bostonians to a nationwide celebration of patriotism. That’s America for you, so suck on that one, terrorists. You try and put us down, we’ll get back up twice as strong.
While the Boston Marathon is something to be celebrated for all those involved, the highlight was undoubtedly military veteran Earl Granville crossing the finish line with both a woman and an American flag on his back.
Granville is a nine-year veteran with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who lost a part of his leg back in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by an IED in Afghanistan. As he was nearing the end of the course, Granville said he looked to his guide, Andi Piscopo, and decided to have some fun with it.
Piscopo was feeling just fine and didn’t need help to cross the finish line. As Granville’s guide, it was her job to keep an eye on him medically and keep his pace count. The team has run in multiple endurance races together.
“To see him accomplish his goals, it makes me want to do more,” Piscopo said. “He inspires me to be a better person.”
Last year, his third time cycling the Boston Marathon, he finished just ahead of bombing survivor Marc Fucarile.
On Monday, he took part in the marathon again, without a bike, running for the Achillies Freedom Team, and he and Piscipo were accompanied by the American flag. Bystanders came up to him for hugs and thanked him. “I don’t know what they’re inspired about,” Granville said in a Facebook Live broadcast at mile 16. “I’m walking.”
Also, props to my man Granville for slipping in that kiss. Hell of a move.
This is what it’s all about, folks. If this doesn’t make you well up with pride, I don’t know what will.