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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Growing up in the Boston area, "Boston" holds a special place in my heart. I may never have run it, but my ex did, four times, and his father did many times. It can be a family tradition in Boston, with generation after generation cheering and running. The 8-year-old who was killed could have been a marathoner one day.

I've stood on the course cheering the runners more times than I can count. I've driven over the course, imagining each water stop as if I were running it; watched the weather for Patriot's Day to see if it would be a "run for the hoses" or if the silver blankets with the unicorn logo would come out at the end of the race. (You can also recognize anyone who has run Boston, anywhere in the world, by their jacket with the unicorn.) Every year, we remembered those who had run: old Johnny Kelly, Boston's own Bill Rodgers, Mayor Ray Flynn, the Hoyts father and son, Kathrine Switzer who was shoved off the course by race official Jock Semple in the days before women were allowed to run, even Rosie Ruiz who "won" after jumping in, somewhere in Brookline. So many dreams, so many stories.

I pray that one tragic incident won't destroy all that and leave us remembering, instead, the ugliness of one or a few human souls.


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JSPIN74 4/17/2013 9:47AM


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HIPPICHICK1 4/17/2013 9:35AM

    My brother-in-law ran that race with his running mates on Monday. They are all fine but really quite shaken up by the whole incident. It's truly tragic. Later that day I read in the news that the U.S. bombed an Iraqi wedding where 30 people were killed. No matter whose doing the killing and what their reasons might be it all seems tragic to me that we are killing each other.

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_LINDA 4/16/2013 10:06PM

    A very sad day, so very heartbroken hearing about all those killed and severely wounded, those that will never be the same again.
I am glad you have pleasant memories of your time there. May there be again someday. Runners are an amazing strong willed breed. They will survive and come back stronger, they never give up, like that amazing 84 year old man knocked down and getting back up to finish.

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DR1939 4/16/2013 2:08PM

    So sad.

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YELLOW09RED 4/16/2013 2:00PM

    Prayers for Boston & all the runners & their families.

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    You have such an wonderful way with words. Running a marathon has never been in my plans but, I have long admired those who are committed to training and competing for worthy causes. My son just celebrated his 9th birthday so, it is especially tragic knowing a little angel will not get to celebrate his 9th.

Thank you for writing such a sweet sentiment.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/16/2013 1:04PM

    Thank you for writing this. I love Boston. My son lives in Lexington, but fortunately decided not to watch the finish this year. My daughters have run it and I've really loved watching from various places on the course. I know how to take the T to get from point to point and see them several times.

This is so heartbreaking, especially the story of the little 8 year old casualty and his family.

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VEENAS1 4/16/2013 12:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your memories. Its an awful tragedy and I will pray and hope that Boston, as well as America, is as resilient as the commentators have said.

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NEW-CAZ 4/16/2013 12:15PM

    I saw it on the news last night and was horrified!
Sending prayers emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/16/2013 11:28AM

    It's so horrific. I'm just sick about it. All of those innocent people! The person or people who did this are monsters and need to pay the ultimate price for this.

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JOYINKY 4/16/2013 11:19AM

    emoticon It was a senseless attack against all civilized people! Boston will rise above it after this time of shock and mourning. No, it will never be forgotten, nor should it. But the haters will not win either. I just can't imagine the pain of those going through this tragedy and my prayers do go out for them.

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GABY1948 4/16/2013 10:35AM

    We are standing with you in prayer also!

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GINIEMIE 4/16/2013 10:30AM

    Joining you in prayer.

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AHUVAK1 4/16/2013 10:30AM

    Well put Susie. I am also deeply saddened by this. I went to Boston two years ago with my husband and immediately fell in love with the city. I stayed in the Brookline area and it was just so beautiful. I have been looking at pictures on the NYTimes... so sad, so terrible.

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