Southborough support for marathon runners

Above: Some of the scarves collected by Pilgrim Church members on behalf of the Marathon Scarf Project (Contributed photo)

Remembering the Boston Marathon tragedy “one year later”, Old South Church in Boston is coordinating a project to show runners community support:

Marathon Scarf Project

Marathoners from around the world come to the Church of the Finish Line – Old South Church in Boston – for our annual Blessing of the Athletes. In this year of Remembrance and Hope, our vision is to wrap each runner in the love poured into stitches of handmade blue and yellow scarves. We promise to wrap runners in your love until all your scarves are distributed.

Members of Southborough Pilgrim Church learned about the project and jumped right in. To date they have knitted, collected, or gotten commitments for 70 scarves to take into Boston this Sunday.

They’ve even engaged the youth group who will be responsible for delivering them.

Anyone interested in participating on their own, here are the guidelines from Old South Church. (Today on facebook, they referred to the below deadline as “soft”. They won’t stop collecting until they have enough for all of the 3600 runners):

Scarves should be interwoven with love and courage, measuring approximately 4″-6″ wide and 60″ long, any pattern. Colors: blue and yellow (Use the official Boston Athletic Association colors Pantone 109C and Pantone 294C as a guide.)

Artists (knitters, crocheters, weavers): send or bring your scarves to arrive by April 5, 2014. We are accepting scarves immediately. Please include contact information. Questions? Email

We encourage you to share your scarves and scarves in progress with us. Post photos on Old South Church’s Facebook page, and tweet photos at @OSCboston. Use #marathonscarves and #oneyearlater on Twitter and Instagram.

On a semi-related note – Don’t forget to share fundraising pages and information for Southborough runners in this year’s Boston Marathon. You can email me at

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9 years ago

Thank you for sharing this, Beth. I went up today and added 38 more scarves and we’ll have more on Sunday. Will have more pictures Sunday afternoon.

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