Thoughts on the Boston Marathon

 *****This was written right after the bombings occurred, but added new information at the end of the post******

I haven't been able to post in a few weeks as some of of you know, we have recently moved from Chicago to Boston, and between learning the job, finding a place to live and shuttling back and forth between the two cities has really taxed my time.

I was excited to write my first Boston post about how neat the new city is and its running heritage, but in light of the recent circumstances, I'm just going to write for a bit. I can tell you this isn't going to be about how the explosion happened a few hundred feet from my office and if I wasn't in Chicago over the weekend packing I would have been at the race blah, blah. This isn't about me, there are far worse off today due to the tragedy. But, before I leave the subject, the outpouring of friends to see if I was there and okay has been tremendous. I can't decide if I am more thankful they checked in on me or grateful that I am known as their "running guy."

Since the tragedy happened, I have found myself almost in a daze. Not really asking questions or being angry, just more shock than anything. I watch the news and listen to the stories and hear of developing information, but I am having a tough time comprehending what happened. There are events in our history that have seen greater devastation to both man and property, but this just seems different, almost as if it's personal. The running community and those who support us were personally attacked for just being in a large group and celebrating the accomplishments of the day. It's not like the race was political, nor was it religious, it was community of people who worked tirelessly to qualify for a demanding race and the people who love them and the sport of running. The irony of this happening to this sport has not been lost. My heart truly aches for those personally affected and I hope they find happiness in the future.

I also think about how this will change future mass races. I wonder if the liability will be too great to secure public roads and we will have to race loops out in a field? How will security be handled? Will we still be able to go into the Magic Kingdom early in the morning to cheer on loved ones? Will people shy away from the sport? These are just a few questions that I'm sure are echoing across the running universe today.

April 15 will be a day we will never forget. Whoever was responsible for what happened has demonstrated the utmost intolerable cruelty I can imagine. But if they think this will keep us from doing what we love with the people we love the most, they are more absurdly brainless than one can fathom.

I, for one, will not shy away. I will continue to embrace this sport to whom I've dedicated blood, sweat and tears to for too long. I will be undeterred in my goal of one day reaching Boston, not as a spectator, but as a participant. As the name of this blog states, we must continue to run forward, not forgetting the events that transpired yesterday, but celebrating the lives of those affected and finding inspiration in the countless humanitarians who jumped into the fray to save lives. We, as a running community must continue to work harder and strive for greater achievements, because that's what we do.  Runners don't race each other, we race ourselves and as we celebrate together in triumph, we also mourn together in tragedy. 

Running has a community like no other and I'm honored to be a part of it.
Support those affected.
Please do what you can to support the victims, heroes and the city of Boston.

Here are just a few of the places/spaces you can help.

1) Red Cross 
2) Salvation Army
3) If you saw or know anything related to the incident 1-800-494-TIPS (8477), text the word TIP to CRIME (27463), or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) and choose prompt #3

***UPDATE*** I wrote the post above in the airplane. As I made my way towards home on Mass Ave. there is huge police presence at Newbury and surrounding streets. Boylston is still closed off. The other thing I noticed was a about 200 runners with USA flags running the Charles River. This is a great town!

After a tense few days (and being locked in my apartment due to the lockdown), things have returned to normal. Bostonians have returned to being indifferent and apathetic which is good. But, there definitely feels a new sense of community with everyone, and a lot more runners are out.