Just a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line, people were lined up Saturday, awaiting the arrival of a quartet of unusual healers.
The foursome is part of a corps with an amazing ability to calm and comfort people deeply shaken by violence or disaster just by being themselves -- dogs. Read full story on the comfort dogs here.
The finish line is already crowded with spectators and police, with people squeezing through gaps in metal security barriers to get to their preferred watching spot.
Outside the Cactus Club, a restaurant on the corner of Fairfield and Boylston, were Betsy Wienslaw and Aubrey Cornforth, both 27, who watched the Marathon at the same spot last year. They thought about not coming back this year because of security concerns, but the checkpoints and barriers have made them feel safe today, and they decided it was important to show their support.
Plus, this is one of the only days this can get Sam Adams 26.2, a special marathon beer.
"It's one of the best days in Boston," Wienslaw said.
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