Boston, Massachusetts

By Dominick Reuter

The story about the four marathoners who supported their fellow racer in a moment of pain at the recent running of the Boston Marathon made waves in classic social media fashion.

I was covering the race for Reuters that day, and was near the Forum restaurant in case anything significant happened at the time and place of last year’s second attack.

Spectators watch the race at approximately 2:50pm, around the time of last year's bombings, near the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street during the 118th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Shortly after that moment I heard the crowd starting to make noise and noticed a man I would later learn was Team Hoyt’s Adam Hurst struggling but still standing, legs locked after just having passed 26 miles. The cheers from the sidelines were louder than anything I had heard all day, urging him on, but his body wouldn’t cooperate. That’s when a man, I think David Meyer, stopped his run and offered help.

I had been working all day – from the starting gun in Hopkinton to the classic Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston – trying to find a visual moment that would communicate the spirit of this race, this sport and this city. This was my opportunity.

By the time I ran to a position to make a picture of them, Jim Grove had also stopped and was helping: