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Running for Boston!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The tragedy in Boston at the Marathon on Monday has really hit me hard. By God's grace one of my best friends was unable to run the race due to injury and I was not at that finish line watching her finish the race when the bombs went off (her projected race time would have put her at the finishing line right at the time they went off). By God's grace her and her husband decided to watch her friend who was running from mile 22 not the finish line and her friend's family was at the finish but uninjured. So many people were not so lucky. I have been praying and crying for these people so much the past couple of days.
I was out running when the tragedy happened and came back to see the news on in my home. The news shocked me. Never did I think anyone would have to fear for their lives as either a spectator or runner in a race.
Runners are strong though and we will pull together and get through this. I have joined an event on Facebook called Run 26.2 for Boston where people are dedicating their next 26.2 miles of running to the people affected by the bombings. I am also racing a local 10l this Sunday and am going to dedicate my run to those affected. Currently I am trying to think of some way to visually represent this. If there weren't running involved in the dedication I would make a cotton t-shirt that said I was dedicating the activity to it but I don't like running in cotton so that option is out. Right now I am just thinking that I will make a small sign and pin it to the back of my shirt, any other thoughts on what I could do would be appreciated.

Here I have attached the link to the Facebook event that I joined for those who are interested.
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    There is actually a race bib you can print out at that some are using. It says 4-15-13 then has a picture white outline of the skyline of Boston with the words BOSTON in the pic, and then below it says Runners United To Remember. They have 3 versions, one with black background and white words and image, one with white background with black words and image, and one that has a purple background with white lettering except the word Boston in the image is in black. you can just download and print it out if you want. I love that runners are so united.
    I also want to ask everyone to remember Sandy Hook and what they must be feeling right now. Mile 26 was dedicated to them and I read that a horn was used to start the race for the first time ever instead of a gun for them. To have such a senseless act of violence happen at the point in the race dedicated to them must bring back all the pain all over again, with new pain. I can't help but think of them too in this. To me they are now linked together in this with Boston.
    1796 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that those you love are okay and were not hurt. No one ever anticipates such devastation and danger at an event that is supposed to bring everyone together.

    I just signed up for the "Run 26.2 for Boston" on FB, starting tonight w/ a 5 mile run! I have a half marathon in June and I'll definitely be wearing something in their honor! Thanks for the FB link!
    1796 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    Great idea. My husband and I are running a 12k this weekend, I'd like to do the same at our race.

    I'm happy to hear that those people you know (including yourself) were not injured.
    1796 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    I was reading about the London Marathon this weekend. They are encouraging runners to wear a Black Ribbon to honor those affected in Boston.

    Thanks for the FB link. I'll check that out
    1796 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2013 12:39:15 PM
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