Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston's Day of Infamy

I don't know if I can even articulate some thoughts on the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, but I'll give it a try.

This one is personal that's for sure. For many runners Boston is the highlight of their year, if not their entire life. Seriously.

Running is a refuge. It is what we do not necessarily to escape but to sort things out, energize and relax, and to release the stress of the day.

Running give many of us something to measure our efforts and events like Boston--or any big (not necessarily big in numbers although Boston certainly is that) race--give runners a goal. Many runners like to share their experience with their family and friends, who in turn often enjoy being a part of that experience.

Running is thus a community. And yesterday that community was assaulted. The ones that were hurt were mostly the family and friends of the runners.

I don't know if this was politically or ideologically motivated or just a plot of a sick individual or two--and maybe that doesn't even matter. What matters is that whomever is responsible for this act of malice is caught and brought to justice.

Even though I believe that the sport road racing has truly lost its innocence (following the controversy at the cancelled New York City Marathon last fall) I also want runners to keep on running and if Boston or some other event is their Holy Grail, then continue on dreaming, training, and doing.

Finally, my deepest condolences to the people hurt by this senseless act of violence.


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