Competing in and completing the Boston Marathon is like being in the Olympics. There are no other events in the world that the common man can be treated like a hero, or have 1 million + spectators watching them for 26.2 miles or can be a part of history. The marathon is racing at its purest, 2 legs, 2 feet, and a set of lungs. There are no engines involved or any fancy equipment, it is you against the road. >From this point on, it will never be the same.
The tragedy in Boston yesterday was terrible and unlike a lot of terrorist attacks there was so much emotion involved. People have been training and living for this race for years. This race has been a lifetime goal for some, an inner escape for others, and a huge chance for personal victory for everyone. This race is also not just about the runners, it is about the families who sacrifice for their loved ones to do this event. It is about the city of Boston coming together for a celebration of achievement and it is a showcase to the world about human achievement and the fabulous place we live. And unfortunately this has been taken away.
The race, people’s lives, and the city has now been changed forever. Never again will anyone look at the marathon the same again. For some it will scare them away, for others it will force them to drive forward, and for a city it will show the world how it will never bow down to the acts of cowards. It is very easy for me to say that we should just forge forward, because I was not personally affected, but I can only imagine the pain that the family and victims are going through! Having an 8 year old and a 4 year old daughter and knowing that my family could have been there, really hits home. Hopefully we are able to make some sense out of this and to learn what we all need to do moving forward.
We are all thinking about everyone being affected and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, emergency responders and volunteers of this great race.