Boston Marathon: SI invites Bostonians for cover photo

(Courtesy Sports Illustrated) (Courtesy Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated is taking Boston Strong to the streets.

For a cover photograph that will mark the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings,  the magazine’s editors have invited Bostonians to gather at the finish line at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

“Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things,” SI editor Chris Stone said. “SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

Mayor Marty Walsh and first responders are expected to join fans for the photo session, with the image to be featured on the cover of the April 16 issue. The first anniversary of the bombings are April 15.

After the bombing last year, the magazine used the image of a runner, knocked to the street by the blast, as first responders sprang into action on the cover.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · April 11, 2014