Job well done to the thousands - including Mayor Martin Walsh & Police Commissioner William Evans - who got up early this morning and enthusiastically accepted the invitation from Sports Illustrated to appear on the cover of next week’s Sports Illustrated magazine. The magazine encouraged and invited any and all interested Bostonians to drop by the Boston Marathon Finish Line at 7:00am this morning (Saturday, April 12, 2014) to pose and participate in the photo shoot created to honor the Boston Strong movement. The photo taken today is designated for the cover of next week’s magazine which hits newsstands on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. When asked to explain the motivation behind the photo shoot, Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone offered the following: "Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things. SI's creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year's cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year's photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story."