It’s right around the corner—the most prestigious marathon on the planet. Of course, I’m talking about Boston. The big day is April 21st. I will not be there physically but my heart and soul will be there—as it was last year when two bombs devastated the marathon killing three people and injuring more than 260—leaving us shocked and bewildered. Why?
I sat glued to the television as I watched the events unfold feeling nauseous and horrified. I ran the Boston Marathon the year before and my brother and his wife were there in the crowd—right where one of the bombs went off. What if the bombings had happened that year? But we can’t think that way…
I fielded phone calls all day from family and friends who thought I might be there. My boyfriend’s son, an MIT student, was there in the crowd. We didn’t hear from him for hours. I assured my boyfriend that most of the students hung out at certain parts of the course, not at the finish line. Of course it was difficult to not think the worst. We did finally hear from him. You know kids, they don’t think sometimes. He wasn’t near the bombs but since he had a cell phone, he was taken aside and questioned. He didn’t think to call earlier—too much going on.
I was amazed at the speed and efficiency of the investigation, which in a few days, identified the suspects out of thousands of people in the crowd. Thank goodness for cell phone pictures. Two brothers are suspected to have built and placed the bombs, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a shootout. The younger brother, Dzhokhar, was apprehended and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. He has yet to stand trial.
Meanwhile, the Boston Marathon lives on. Runners are tough, especially Boston Marathon runners. They will not be intimidated by a terrorist act. But, more importantly, the thousands of supporters will again line the streets and be there at the finish line to support the race. There is a strict “no bag” policy in effect. Probably a good thing. No bags will be allowed around the course and runners must use a clear bag provided by the race organizers. You can bet security will be high this year.
This brings back memories of 9-11. I remember getting on a plane to fly into Washington D.C. a few weeks after 9-11. I ran the Marine Corp Marathon on October 28, 2001 with my brother, Danny, who lived and worked there. To tell you the truth I was terrified to get on that plane but Danny assured me that any flights going into Washington D.C. were the safest flights in the country. The most vivid memory of the marathon was passing the pentagon and seeing one side collapsed and burned. All of us runners hovered for a moment in silence before continuing with the marathon. I swear you could hear a pin drop.
The necessary evil of this war is increased security, but better to endure that hassle than to give in. Wouldn’t you agree?
But back to Boston. After I ran in 2012, I had not planned to run the Boston Marathon again but the bombings changed that. I wanted to support the race so I trained and ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento last December and I qualified for Boston again. Yes! So, I won’t be there this year, physically, but I’ll be there in April 2015. Boston here I come!
I wish the runners, and their family and friends supporting them, all the best this year. Good luck and have fun. I’ll be there with you in spirit.
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