Canvases from 50 states inspire, honor runners

BOSTON (WPRI) – Thousands of people are coming from all over the world to honor and inspire, ahead of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

About 50 miles from the center of Providence, the Boston Common is undergoing a transformation. Canvasses with messages of hope and love from people around the world are spread out along the landmark.

The prayer canvas project, America 4 Boston, was born from the attacks at last year’s Boston Marathon. There are more than 200 canvasses from all 50 states and around the world in Boston, signed by more than 100,000 people.

For Bostonians, there are words of support; for runners, there are words of inspiration; for Ellen Nason who will run her first marathon on Monday, these are words that will propel her to the finish line.

“I just feel so emotional just being here today,” she said, “Seeing all this support, it’s great, it really is pumping me up and making me excited for Monday.”

One of the canvases on display is from Rhode Island and reads, “Small state, big love.” It serves as an anchor of hope from the Ocean State.

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