Runner’s perspective of the marathon tragedy Reply

Emily Kochanek – 1851 Staff

I watched the T.V. in the common room of Briggs House buzz with video of bloody, mutilated people as the afternoon turned into dusk. Twitter was updating every two seconds from journalists on the finish line. Friends gathered around in shock.

I was in a state of delirium and confusion following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. My obsessive concern was a result of many factors. My boyfriend was on the finish line an hour before the bombing after running nine miles of the race. Marathon Sports, an influential running shoe store in Boston running culture, was hit. People I knew were running. I saw those runners, the four hour marathoners, pushing themselves up the Comm Ave. hills only to be stopped by bloodshed.

Every runner in every part of the world is a part of the Boston Marathon family. It brings runners together. Participating or spectating, the running community supports each other. Yet in an instant, the bombings yesterday shattered what many claim can restore faith in humanity.

The bombings affected Bostonians and runners alike, but as a Boston-area runner, it crushes my spirit. A race that celebrates humanity, the spirit of Boston, was flung into darkness.

But the beauty of the running community is the strength we posses. The stories of heroic runners helping spectators. Those who had completed 26.1 miles and kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood. Those who opened their homes up to shelter runners with no place to stay. As horrific as these events were, it displayed the commitment and compassion of the running community.

The importance of yesterday must never fade from our minds. Running culture is important and the Boston Marathon will see another year despite the attack. The Boston Marathon is a symbol of charity, strength, and humanity. Recovering will not be easy, but we will continue to run our miles daily in hopes to continue the Boston Marathon legacy. We will pray for Boston and we will run for Boston.

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