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Run FOR Boston

Monday, April 15, 2013

Like many of you, I am horrified and devastated by the events today in Boston. My mind is reeling, and I've been vacillating between pissed off and heartbroken.

But I want to turn this into something positive. It's too early to do much for Massachusetts yet (although giving blood in the coming week is a good first step) but I'm going to turn my emotions into positive energy.

Inspired by my cousin, tonight I'm going to run for Boston. I'm not a great runner, and I've never managed a mile, much less a marathon, but I run. And tonight, I'm going to do it in memory of those lost, in support of those injured, and in defiance of those responsible.

I invite you to join me. Can't run? Walk. Can't walk? Shuffle. Can't shuffle? Do something active. I'm doing this not just for those killed, including that precious child, but for those runners who ran to the hospital to donate blood. The cops and others who ran towards the danger. For the hurt, the brokenhearted, the surviving, the lost. The families trying to find their loved ones, the men and women who will be up all night trying to find answers, either officially or just to find out what happened to those they know and love. For those whose dreams are shattered today, either because they were unable to finish the race, because they were injured, or worse.

Let's do this together. Tonight, let's wipe away the tears, and run for Boston. And maybe tomorrow, or later this week, too. Let's do it for them.

And pray for answers, and justice while we do.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor Patrick
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    great idea running for them
    1698 days ago
    We should honor ALL those ALL over the world that stand tall and fight terrorism at every front. To do that, one can't ever live in fear, that is what they strive for. Pray for those of Boston and for the rest of the world.
    1698 days ago
    I saw on Facebook, lots of people wearing race shirts today in honor of those in Boston. I wore mine.
    1699 days ago
  • KRISKAY1962
    1699 days ago
    I am also heartbroken over this tragedy. Not sure if I can donate blood while pregnant, but I will run 26 miles in the next 26 days to honor the affected.
    1699 days ago
    Thank you for posting this. I will run for Boston today too.
    1699 days ago
    I will run and remember. Prayers going out to the victims, the families, the volunteers and the responders.
    1699 days ago
    Tomorrow I'm going for a run and I'm doing it for Boston
    1699 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Amen. This is a very Sad Day for Boston and Our Country. We need to hold them up in Prayer. The injured, their Love Ones, Families of the Deceased, Medical Personal, Police, Fire Fighters, Coast Guard, Friends and Everyone Else. May God touch their bodies and heal them. And Who Ever Did Unthinkable Act of Violence, Be Caught, and Brought to Swift Justice. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Nice Day. Take Care.
    1699 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 1:51:00 AM
    Chi Running had a contingent at the event. I appears all are safe and un-injured, however, the good fortune of our community does not lessen our sadness for those killed or injured and their family and friends.

    I will run tonight.

    1699 days ago
  • BILL60
    I will ride 50+ miles tomorrow in memory of those that perished. Thank you for sharing the idea.
    1699 days ago
    I posted this on twitter: "I feel sad that I can't help & angry that this happened, but I want to overrule those by sending LOVE to all affected in Boston."

    We can feel helpless, sad, angry, vengeful, or a whole host of negative emotions or we can overrule it and support with love. Some people are choosing to dive into hate, against people and religions/nationalities/races without any proof or inkling of truth, and multiplying the hate that hangs over the world like smog. I feel it is far better to do something - anything - positive to spread love.

    Your idea is great - if we do something positive we can help ourselves grieve (any time we are faced with something horrible like this we all grieve something, even the loss of our 'normal' or feelings of safety) and process what has happened. Anything that any of us can do to spread LOVE and POSITIVITY is helpful. Get out and exercise. Donate blood in your area - there is always someone in need. Volunteer your time to a good cause. Find a way to use your talents to help others. Even if we can't directly help the people who were at the marathon, any thing we can do to help others does help society in general. If all anyone can manage is to smile and say a kind word to someone, that's still better than not doing it.

    Best to you and to anyone who is willing to fight negativity with positivity.
    1700 days ago
  • LEANIE64
    Amen !!!!
    1700 days ago
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