Boston Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Marathon Wreath Ceremony

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The 40th Annual Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony took place on Thursday, April 11th, at the Consulate General of Greece in Boston. The ceremony commemorates the historic ties between Greece and the Boston Marathon, with Greece gifting olive branch wreaths, cut from the plains of Marathon, to crown the winners.

A Tradition Steeped in History

The tradition began in 1984, recognizing the connection between the birthplace of democracy, Athens, and Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. This year's ceremony featured remarks from Alpha Omega Council President Paul Tsitsopoulos, who highlighted the significance of the olive wreath in the Ancient Olympics and its adoption by the Boston Marathon.

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Consul General Tegos Presents Wreaths

Consul General Symeon Tegos presented the four wreaths, emphasizing the enduring bond between the two nations and the ideals of democracy and peace. The Boston Athletic Association Vice Chair, Kieth McDermott, received the wreaths on behalf of the BAA, acknowledging the cultural and intellectual ties between Boston and Athens.

Honoring Tradition and Charity

The ceremony also celebrated the contributions of those who established the wreath tradition. Ambassador Ray Flynn, President Tim Kilduff of the 26.2 Foundation, and Nancy Agris Savage, daughter of the late Peter Agris, were recognized for their roles.

Stylianos Kyriakides, the 1946 Boston Marathon champion, was also honored. His victory, raising awareness and funds for his war-torn homeland, is considered the first Boston Marathon charity run. This year's ceremony featured James Condulis, a charity runner raising funds for the Alpha Omega Council.

A Look Ahead

The presented wreaths will crown the winners of the 128th Boston Marathon on April 15th. The ceremony concluded with a nod to the race's growing emphasis on charity, with Bank of America's new role as presenting partner and their recognition of charity runners.

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