Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On the Boston Marathon

Like many, I am sad, angry and confused about what happened at the Boston Marathon. I am also grateful and blessed that my husband and I were safe, along with our many running club friends.

And yet, there are many, many people who can't say the same today. 

As I left for a run yesterday, I couldn't help but think about the runners, the spectators, the volunteers, everyone. I thought about the people who lost a leg or an arm. The people who will struggle from hearing loss and emotional trauma. The people who lost their lives. 

My running can't save them. But, showing up to the starting line and running my best might help to honor them. I look forward to that opportunity in just a few weeks. 

Despite the awful ending, the Boston Marathon still wins. Millions of dollars were raised for charities that will prevent cancer, support schools and provide resources to families in need. Thousands of runners were empowered through their training and found a strength and purpose they didn't know they had.

I like what Jim Walsh says in his article
"Boston is not the biggest city in America; it is not the most politically powerful. But it has an inner determination and power that only the foolish ignore. Next year, at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, I confidently predict there will be more runners and more supporters than ever before.
The attackers, whoever they are must be incompetent.
They picked on the wrong city."

Before the tragedy, I witnessed the excitement of the Starting Line in Hopkinton. Here are a few pictures of the HOPE and JOY that started the day. 

 :: I n s p i r a t i o n ::
Dick and Rick Hoyt 

:: D e t e r m i n a t i o n :: 
Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher

:: R e s p e c t :: 

:: J o y :: 

1 comment:

  1. If I was on facebook I would "like" your post. Nice pictures,good to see the beginning when there is so much focus on what happened at the end!


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