Hi everyone ,
I thought I would take some time to write a little about the horrific event that happened in Boston on Monday. It’s one of those times, like 9/11, when you will always remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard about it.
I was at work. My friend, running buddy and co-worker Jeni sent me an instant message with a headline saying that an explosion had happened at the Boston Marathon. My first thought was “Oh no.” My journalist instinct kicked in and I pulled up all of my go-to new sources: desmoinesregister.com, usatoday.com, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I had the live video up from WCSH 6 out of Portland, ME.
It was worse than anyone could have imagined. How could someone do this to innocent people? I was consumed in the media all day and night on Monday. There were mostly stories of the details of the bombs, how many people were dead/injured, etc. All gore and sadness. It made me sad and confused.
As a runner you think that a race is the safest place in the world. There are tons of security and medical staff waiting there to help you. A bomb. It’s unimaginable.
On Tuesday I was prepared for more of the same sort of stories, but what I found were stories of people helping people. Runners, spectators, police, regular everyday people. Everyone was lending a hand to help those affected. The inspiration that I felt from these stories is hard to describe. So instead of trying to describe it, read a couple of these stories yourself and be inspired by the human spirit.
- 2013 Boston Marathon: An Inside View
- The Meaning of the Boston Marathon
- “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon”
- Boston Marathon bombing followed by stories of kindness and heroism
- Peter Sagal: Eyewitness to Bravery, Horror
What other inspirational stories have you heard/read? I would love to know.
Now more than ever – Keep Running!