Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard something great happens.
Winter storm Juno pummeled New England Tuesday with snowfall piling up to more than 2 feet and winds gusting over 70 miles per hour. But even that nasty weather could not deter a few Bostonians who decided to shovel the iconic and symbolic Boston Marathon finish line.
From the window of his room at the Charlesmark Hotel, Philip Hillman spotted someone clearing the snow from the area on Boylston Street where the bombings occurred in 2013.
"I thought it was a powerful image when I looked at it,'' Hillman told the "Today" show. "I've been a resident of Massachusetts my whole life. For us, that finish line has become sacred ground. When I looked out there and saw that, I thought, 'How cool is that?' I love my city. It just was like, Boston is strong, and even the storm couldn't stop us."
Hillman took a photo and shared it on Twitter.
— Philip L. Hillman (@PhillyIdol1017) January 27, 2015
Twitter users eventually began posting the hashtag #whoshoveledthefinishline to determine the identities of the shovelers. (Apparently, at least two different people were seen shoveling the line that day). Even the Boston Police Department is looking to find the good Samaritans.
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed reported that one of the shovelers is Chris Laudani, a bartender at Back Bay Social.
BostInno confirmed none of the Charlesmark Hotel employees were responsible, but owner Mark Hagopian wasn't shocked someone decided to clear the spot.
“I’m not surprised, it’s the oldest marathon in the world,” he told USA Today's For The Win. “People take their picture with that finish line every single day.”