Sports Illustrated Honors The Boston Marathon, Features 3,000 Bostonians On The Cover

Runners, first responders and the Mayor of Boston join thousands of people for a special cover photo one year after the Boston bombings.

1. Sports Illustrated put out a casting call to the city of Boston on Saturday, asking people to show up at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston St. at 7 a.m. for a special cover photo shoot. This was the result:

2. Here is how the cover photo came together:

The people of Boston made a strong showing— would you expect anything else?— when SI put out a casting call for a photo shoot last Saturday at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, steps from where two bombs exploded on Patriots’ Day last year. A crowd of 3,000, including runners who were near the blast, first responders and mayor Marty Walsh, arrived by 7 a.m. to celebrate the city’s—and the race’s—resilience in the face of the terror attacks.

Of the cover photo, SI’s Director of Photography Brad Smith said, “A year later, Boston has shown the strength to carry on. I’m proud that Sports Illustrated was able to contribute, in a small way, to that process with this cover. You can see in the faces of the people of Boston, how far they’ve come, together as a city.”

3. Red Sox star David Ortiz writes an article for SI this week (note his by-line on the cover): A year after Marathon bombings, Boston is even stronger

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4. Local NBC reporter Justin Michaels posted some behind-the-scenes photos of the cover shoot on Twitter.

8. Sports Illustrated also posted an interactive GigaPan photo of the cover for participants to find themselves in the crowd.

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