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Thank You from the Boston Marathon Runners

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Boston Marathon Runner Scarves distributed at the Blessing of the Athletes Service, Easter Sunday

The Finish Line at the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon Scarf project, was envisioned and managed by Old South Church, which is situated at the finish line. 

The scarf project vision received a lot of media attention and coverage, including this review by the Seattle Times noting that:

"...The Marathon Scarf Project 2014 went viral, resulting in 7,000 marathoners receiving a gift of a homemade blue and yellow scarf (the colors of the Boston Athletic Association, which puts on the marathon), many of which were mailed in from crafters all over the world. 

When you picked up your scarf at the church, you got a hug and a wish of good luck on race day from a church member...." (Seattle Times)

It was a wonderful and moving privilege to contribute to the healing, love and remembrance for the Boston Marathon 2014 runners, families and participants, as well as the "Boston Strong" citizens across New England.  Check out the original project video by Old South Church.

Our South Florida customers, including myself, knitted, weaved or crocheted at least 2 dozen handmade scarves that we sent to Old South Church in Boston. 

Jen checks pickup times next the Rack of Marathon Runner Scarves made by Raging Wool Customers

In the picture above, Jen (the brains behind this website, amongst other great deeds), arrayed some of the scarves our customers made onto one of our pattern sample racks.  What I love about these pictures is that you get a sense of the incredible diversity of our customers, their designs, and the amazing runners that received our scarves.

Here's some of our customers who modeled their scarves before we packed them up for the trip to the Boston Marathon.

  

Some of our customers sent their scarves directly to the church, and many others brought them to the shop so that we could take a few pictures and then ship them all up to the church in time for them to be distributed out at the  Blessing of the Athletes services on Easter Sunday.

Feedback and appreciation from the Runners

Melissa and the scarf she made for Boston Marathon Runners  @NessieBessie at the Boston Marathon, pictured wearing the scarf made by Melissa in South Florida

Via Twitter:

Here's a picture of Melissa (left picture), one of our customers,who is a runner herself. She made the scarf you see in the picture on the left, and then we sent it, along with about 2 dozen others, to Old South Church.

What's truly amazing is that one of the Marathon runners (Vanessa P. pictured on the right) tweeted a picture to us with her wearing Melissa's scarf.

Here's what Vanessa P. (aka @NessieBessie) tweeted: "Thank you Melissa from @RagingWoolShop I love it and can't wait to finish my race! #WeRunTogether @bostonmarathon"

Elizabeth Flores (@ElizabethNBC6) after completing the 2014 Boston Marathon

We also tweeted a South Florida news celebrity, and Marathon Runner, Elizabeth Flores, whose twitter name is @ElizabethNBC6.  She  "favorited" our Tweet, "Apr 20: Get your @bostonmarathon Runner's Scarf from @OSCboston! S.Fla fiber artists rooting 4 you".

In addition, Old South Church 'favorited' several of our Tweets right before the race, including these:

Apr 19: 7,000 Scarves for the 2014 Boston Marathon were sent to Old South Church in Boston by knitters, crocheters from... http://fb.me/1pWPXsGIj

Apr 20: @ElizabethNBC6 Get your @bostonmarathon Runner's Scarf from @OSCboston! S.Fla fiber artists rooting 4 you! pic.twitter.com/iYcydLgxgq


Via Facebook, we received another amazing story.  One of the runners, Trevor B. sent us a couple of messages telling us that he and his girlfriend were grateful for the scarves that they received from us!

Marathon Runner Trevor & Girlfriend wearing Alice & Susan's scarves

  • Apr 18: Hi my name is Trevor B. and I am running the Boston Marathon on Monday day. Today I received the beautiful scarf made by Alice Clary and wanted to say thank you. I am a survivor from last year's finish line and I think these scarves and what they stand for are amazing. Thank you for helping us heal.
  • Apr 20: My girlfriend is also running. Her scarf had your business card on it with a note from Susan. The scarves have been the hit of the expo weekend! It is really awesome to see all of the different ones the runners are wearing and to hear them all talk about where they came from.

Via Email

Several Boston Marathon runners (and their loved ones) sent us heartfelt emails with very kind notes of gratitude for the effort and thoughtfulness of our customers to create their scarves.  Many of the emails included pictures and personal stories. 

Here's some excerpts that we thought we'd share with you.

"...My husband chose this scarf made by Kathy when we were walking back from the Expo in Boston.

Ray is from San Francisco. He ran last year but got stopped because of the bombs .3 of a mile from the Finish line. 

Thank you so much for coming alongside the people of Boston in this effort.

Ray will treasure this Scarf and we are touched by the love that went into this project.

We heard that the Church received 7000 scarves. Amazing outpouring of love and support.

With appreciation..."  Kristin A.





Marathon Runner Susan M. wearing Pam's scarf

Marathon Runner Susan M. wearing Pam's scarf

"...Hi Pam,

My name is Susan M. and I received your beautiful scarf for the 2014 Boston Marathon. I have attached a few photos.

I run for Tedy's Team / American Stroke. Tedy Bruschi played for the N.E. Patriots and suffered a stroke during the height of his care and recovered to continue to play for the N.E. Patriots until he retired!! 

I want to THANK YOU for your support. I LOVE MY SCARF and all it stands for. You were a part of the marathon as I ran yesterday! We are Boston Strong! We all ran as one!

God Bless..." Sue

Marathon Runner Kevin B wearing Megan's scarf

"...Hello, I am hoping that this note finds its way to Megan. Last week I ran the Boston Marathon and was lucky enough to receive one of the hand knitted scarves that the Old South Church was giving to runners. My scarf was made by Megan at Raging Wool in Florida and I would like to tell her that the scarf she created has found a home! My sincere thank you for taking part in the scarf project, this was a wonderful idea and a complete surprise to me as a runner competing in this year’s event. It is a wonderful keepsake from an absolutely amazing event, one that I will wear proudly (as you can see in the attached picture).

Boston Strong! Cheers..." Kevin B. Glen Ross, Ontario, Canada

Marathon Runner Kelly (Right) wearing Alice's scarf  

"...Hi Alice. My name is Kelley and Friday afternoon I received a wonderful gift, your beautifully knit scarf!!! My roommate and I went into Boston on Friday to get our race bib and official jacket, and came across a group handing out beautiful scarves that generous people like yourself knit for the runners! Your scarf is beautiful and was much needed on Friday walking around Boston, it was cold!!

I ran Boston last year, it was supposed to be my first and last, a challenge I wanted to take up and cross off my bucket list! Unfortunately due to the tragedy that struck, I was stopped a 1/2 mile away from the finish. This year I get to run with my roommate,(whose first marathon it is!) so I will have a friend by my side along the way, which is a nice feeling!

You are an inspiration to me, taking time out of your busy life to knit a beautiful scarf for the runners of Boston! I can not thank you enough, I will be thinking of you as I run tomorrow, and I too hope the wind is at my back!!

Here are a few pictures of my roommate and I from our fabulous day on Friday in Boston!

Regards..." Kelley

 

"...Want to thank "Blanca A" for my beautiful scarf. It was wrapped in love as they draped it over me. It enjoyed Marathon Weekend as it attended the Red Sox Game Sunday night and was worn to the Marathon. It kept me very warm after the run. Even though it was still 71 degrees this old broad was cold!

I just turned 50 last Thursday and ran my second Boston to represent my city. As a nurse who took care of bombing victims [last year], this marathon had lots of meaning to me. Thank you for making it extra special..." Liz

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