Boston Marathon Attack

By now, the grim realities of the attack on the Boston Marathon yesterday have fully sunk in.  Yes, it really did happen.  Yes, it was NOT an accident.  And scariest of all, it could have been 10 times worse.  Along with the two explosions that killed 3 and wounded well over 100, at least five other unexploded devices were discovered and disarmed that either didn’t go off or were stopped before they did.  If all 7 devices had exploded it likely would have killed dozens and injured thousands.

From a tactical standpoint, the attack was a failure.  All the devices did not detonate, the mass casualties expected were not achieved.  But the attack was a failure for a second more important reason.  They underestimate us.  We will not back down, we will not cower in fear, we will NOT hand over the keys to the White House and surrender to country to some foreign power and we will not stop looking for you until we find you.  You would think people would know this already, but it seems they have to learn it again.

Runners, along with the rest of the world, are asking today Why? Why Boston? Why the marathon? Why innocent spectators, police and runners? What the hell did we do to you?? The answer sadly, is…. there is no answer.  There is no Why.  There is no REASON… it will never “make sense”.  Whether it’s the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks, or the daily bombs and attacks in the Middle East, the Holy Land or Africa, they never seem to get the desired effect, the ends never justify the means.  But they still do it.  Senseless, needless, violence for no reason at all.

Runners are a very tightknit group.  We are a family.  Whether you belong to a small local group like the Twin City Track Club, or a large worldwide group like the Half Fanatics/Marathon Maniacs, we ALL knew someone who was at Boston yesterday.  At least one person.  Some of us knew dozens.  To the best of my knowledge all of the people who I knew who were there are OK.  Yet, those of us not affected go through our own version of “Survivors guilt”.  My friends are OK, someone else’s friends are not.

I love this picture that my girlfriend Lisa shared on Facebook.

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The truth is, we amateur distance runners are pretty crazy, stubborn sonsofbitches.  You don’t tell us we can’t do something.  We’ll do it just to spite you.  We will torture ourselves and push our bodies to the limit to accomplish what was said couldn’t be done.

We try to keep our thoughts focused on those who died and were injured, but it’s hard not to wonder how this will affect us personally.  I think it’s human nature.  What will this mean for future races? More security? Lower participation numbers? Higher fees? We don’t know.  We won’t know until we sort this all out.  But as with marathon runners we will just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Always forward, never back.

We run now for those who cannot.  We run for Boston.

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1 Comment

  1. thank you. this post said so much that I wanted to say but couldn’t find the words to.


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    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.