​Mystery Man Who Shoveled Boston Marathon Finish Line Found After Epic Social Media Hunt

man shovels Boston Marathon finish line

Boston police have launched a social media campaign designed to help them find someone — but in this case, it’s not a criminal they’re looking for. #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine is their hashtag for asking the public to assist in solving the mystery of who braved the elements during Tuesday’s epic blizzard to clear snow from the famous finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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Here’s the tweet posted by the Boston Police Department at 9:30 a.m. today:

 

As you likely remember, the finish line is also the site of the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people on April 15, 2013. The man in the photo worked hard during Tuesday's storm to shovel a strip of snow so only the iconic finish was visible in a sea of white.

This Instagram user also shared a closer photo of the man at work, saying he had “much respect for his efforts”:

 

Giving respect to the #BostonMarathon finish line. #blizzardof2015 #boylston #boston #cnnsnow

A photo posted by monkmpls (@monkmpls) onJan 27, 2015 at 3:11pm PST

 

Rumors are circulating that the person in the image is a man named Chris Laudani — here’s what someone posted on Facebook:

This is my boyfriend Chris Laudani! He works near the finish line, and yesterday while he was shoveling at work he decided to shovel the finish line as well. Chris is an avid runner, and he loves the marathon and our city.

Boston Magazine tracked Laudani down, and here’s what he told them:

I only did it to send a message ... I love the Boston Marathon and everything it stands for, the finish line doesn’t deserve to be covered in snow. I think it’s cool that so many people feel the same way, but I saw the word ‘hero’ being tossed around and that I don’t like. I’m no hero, I’m just a nut who loves the marathon. The real heroes are the people who were out there clearing the streets and sidewalks, the [Boston Police Department], and the [Boston Fire Department] who risk their lives every day to keep people safe.

How awesome. Assuming Laudani is really the man in the photo, he sounds like an amazing guy for carrying out this gesture that surely means so much to so many. Kudos to him and to everyone who was motivated to search for him to give thanks.

 

Image via Instagram

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