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What the Boston Marathon Means to Me

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As I walk around Boston today, law enforcement is making its presence known: SWAT teams, K9, National Guard, BPD, State Police - they are all out and about.

So are the blue and yellow BAA jackets. The uniform of the runners. Some who didn't get to finish and make the goal that they trained and worked so hard for. And some who did finish, but whose experience was marred by bloodshed and cowardice.

I'm angry. I'm so angry that I find this hard to write.

I didn't run Boston this year and I haven't in the past. I'm sure there are others here who can talk about the sweat and agony of Heartbreak Hill and working through the blisters and chafing on Mile 20 and how it feels to turn the bend and see the Citgo sign peeking out from Fenway and knowing that they're almost there. I don't have that experience, but I have the experience of feeling the joy that comes with sharing my city with thousands of runners on a holiday that the Commonwealth celebrates, but rest of the nation does not: Patriots Day.

I hate that one person's (or one group's) cowardly violent act will define this day for so many. I hate that the winners' names are halfway down the page of the newspaper today, their acheivements scuttled by shrapnel.

I hate that it is mostly the slower runners who made huge fundraising commitments to run for charity are the ones who had their marathon dream deferred yesterday. And that many of their supporters paid a huge price for standing on the sidelines.

I hate that the victims are my neighbors, one as young as 8 years old; one who lives blocks away from me.

But I have to say, my love for this city, my love for the runners I share it with each Patriots Day will drown out all of my anger eventually. Someday, I will run Boston. I will know the joy of running a marathon and sharing the pain and frustration and elation and amazement with my fellow runners. I will know I did it in the city that I love with all my heart. When the bombs went off, people ran toward the blasts: to help and to console the victims. I love that for even though Bostonians and Massachusettians get a bum rap for having a hard edge, so many reached out yesterday to those in need.

Boston, you're my home. And running, you're my peace.
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MONTREAL12 9/9/2013 1:30PM

  Thanks for stating it like it is! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/4/2013 1:43AM

    I was terrified when I heard about it. It's great that you love your city so much, and I'm glad people were helping each other out.

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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/28/2013 8:37AM

    Still so sad. Thank you for posting. So hurtful to so many not just in Boston but across the nation. Must be excruciatingly painful to those who reside there and/or participated in this wonderful event. I have always loved your city, but never more so than now when your strength and courage shines so brightly.
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CFMOSS 5/17/2013 7:17AM

    Reading emails a lot later - almost a month has passed and somehow it just seems sadder. Thanks for putting your thoughts together - that's how we keep on going.

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ENG_TV 5/12/2013 7:37PM

    Well said.

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WALKINGCHICK 5/12/2013 10:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts - those of us on the other side of the Atlantic share some of the anger you have expressed - it was a mindless act.

Take care of yourself and of your city. Be proud of how you have all come out of this horrible act. emoticon

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GEORGE815 5/7/2013 6:12PM

    Our President is sorry this event occurred. This cowardly act was perpetrated by terrorists. Why do we continue to sugar coat this?

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MAW_OH 5/6/2013 1:50PM

    Boston Strong. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/6/2013 9:26AM

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JESPAH 4/24/2013 11:25AM

    Yep.

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 4/24/2013 8:53AM

    M heart is with you and the people of Boston... Bless you, and thank you for sharing!
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HEATHER3477 4/23/2013 10:20AM

    Well put. My heart goes out to all. emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 4/23/2013 6:01AM

  Amen.

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SUSIE4LYF 4/22/2013 2:20PM

    I have been reading many many news articles over this and I have to say no words reported or being reported will touch me more profoundly than these. We are all praying for your city and it's people. Sending much love and prayers to Boston and all those living in and around that area. We pray for the families and the victims always. Thank you for sharing.

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SUNSHINE65 4/22/2013 3:23AM

    Loving thoughts to all you Bostonians and amazement at your awesome police!

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LUNADRAGON 4/21/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon Handling it with lots of prayer.

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RRTSMOM 4/21/2013 10:49AM

    prayers for your beloved city, Im angry..and sad...I hope they can question the surviving murderer...and answer some of everyone's questions.....prayers and emoticon hugs sent from the water logged midwest!

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WATCHINW8 4/20/2013 11:39PM

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L1ZB3TH354 4/20/2013 10:01PM

    God bless Boston. God bless America. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/20/2013 9:54PM

    Beautiful and powerful post.


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JOYCRN 4/20/2013 9:34AM

    I went to college in Boston and was there Monday for the first time in 35 years to see my son run the marathon. Thanks for putting some of our emotions into words. emoticon

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JOANNEHOLL1 4/20/2013 9:07AM

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God Bless America!

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NANINOTTAWA 4/20/2013 12:50AM

    Hi, There is now only the questions to ask the surviving terrorist to determine what or who is behind this cowardly act of violence. I am so sorry for your loss of faith. I am so sorry that this tragedy too so much from so many. I am so sorry that you are hurting now. I am very very sorry for all that Boston and Bostonians and Americans in general have experienced. I hope you will not let this stop you from your goals. It is okay to be angry (believe me I don't live in America nor do I live in Boston, but I am angry... oh yes!) but do not let it ever consume you. Have faith that the culprits and associates (if any) will be dealt with and have been caught (one caught, one dead). My empathy for your situation. Hugs, Nan

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VUKELK 4/19/2013 10:01PM

    I am so saddened by this terrible, unnecessary act of violence. I don't understand why these awful incidents keep happening. I truly wish we could live in a world where we all respected one another and supported one another. I am so sorry you are going through this. We are all affected in some way but I can't imagine viewing everything up close. Take care.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/19/2013 9:34PM

    I'm thinking of you. It's so very difficult to contemplate such a beautiful and historic city and such an idealistic race undergoing this outrage.

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CAMSEDGE 4/19/2013 5:27PM

    This again shows the ephemeral nature of life...and how each minute counts. I believe someday you will follow your written committments and experience the joy of triumph over tragedy. emoticon

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KALEWINE 4/19/2013 3:32PM

    My heart goes out to Boston! Know that you guys are in my prayers.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/19/2013 3:31PM

    I just heard about this yesterday upon returning from Ghana - shock and horror. Much love to you and your city.

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JOHNSJ1 4/19/2013 12:57PM

    Praying for all those who have been effected by this event. God heals in ways we do not even understand. So to the victory of what Good will come from such evil. God Bless

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/19/2013 11:47AM

    What a beautiful and powerful post

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MBEHNKEN 4/19/2013 10:06AM

    Very nice.

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KRICKET57 4/19/2013 9:38AM

    Boston will always have a special place and the happenings of week will not change that. So nmany look forwad to the run each year. I was talking to a friend who has run in the past there and he described the feeling on closing in on the finish with the joy and suport the people of Boston have always shown. That will not be changed by the actions of a few cowards. Boston will come out of this ahead.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and I look forward to watching the run next year.

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LEANMEAN2 4/19/2013 7:06AM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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LIFETIMER54 4/19/2013 3:57AM

  God bless.... emoticon

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M-BRUNER 4/19/2013 1:02AM

    Powerfully written. Your voice speaks for all of us. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/19/2013 12:25AM

    Beautifully expressed. Thank you for sharing these thoughts; I'm not Bostonian and not directly affected by this tragedy, but I have been upset like everyone else by the whole thing and found your blog very cathartic to read. Thank you, and take care of yourself!


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FUSCHIA6 4/19/2013 12:15AM

    The world stands with you!
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LIVELYGIRL2 4/19/2013 12:05AM

  Very moving... what you said. Although I live on the other coast... it affects all Americans, and let's try and let love win.

Your right... it does make you ticked, to say it in a polite way. emoticon

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BLNBIKERIN1 4/18/2013 11:28PM

  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for putting it so blunt and to the point.
Thank you for the inside scoop, unedited by any media.
My tears and prayers go out to you and your city.

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MAVERICK59 4/18/2013 10:31PM

    You speak for so many.
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LIVINGDEAD_GIRL 4/18/2013 9:42PM

    It breaks my heart what happened to my beloved city. I wish I was there to help in some way. I may be in Florida now, I may have grown up not in the city but in a town less than 30 miles away but to me Boston will always be home. So many numerous times I have taken the T in, gone with my parents as a child to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, as a teen to the Prudential and Copley Plaza, as an adult hanging out at the Boston Commons. But one thing I do know is who ever did this most horrific act, messed with the wrong city!

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KKAZEBEER 4/18/2013 9:33PM

    Great post! My heart continues to break for the families who lost loved ones and for all the individuals who are scarred by this tragedy. Yet in all the terror there was an overwhelming response by supporters, runners and public servants to head back toward the danger to rescue and protect others... it's proof that good ALWAYS wins!
Thank you for sharing!!

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CHEEKYGEEK 4/18/2013 9:30PM

    Well said.

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CREATINGAMANDA 4/18/2013 6:58PM

    Beautiful.

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