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Red Cross tends to runners, disasters on Marathon Monday

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American Red Cross volunteers from all over came together yesterday for one of our city’s most historic events: The 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon.

As 60 Team Red Cross runners took on 26.2 miles on Marathon Monday, more than 400 volunteers tended to injuries at medical tents along the route, handed out water to thirsty runners and provided a shoulder to lean on.

 “My quads exploded at Heartbreak Hill. At the medical tent, the American Red Cross Team was able to get me moving again,” explained one grateful Red Cross runner. “The Red Cross fans wouldn't let me quit.”

The Red Cross increased its volunteer presence by 65 percent this year, adding more medically trained and psychological volunteers to the course. The Disaster Operations Center in Cambridge was opened and fully staffed, while volunteers worked at five emergency operation centers with our partner agencies. 

Meanwhile, about 200 volunteers pre-positioned themselves on either side of the marathon route and across the state to respond to local emergencies throughout the day. They responded to eight fires, assisting 66 individuals in need of help and providing food and water to 115 first responders. 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Red Cross yesterday and every day.