This article was written by Brian Metzler as the result of the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon. I am sure at one time we have all wondered...what if?
I heard something like a loud but muffled clap of thunder. Nothing remarkable until, moments later, a second blast sent screaming people running in all directions.
Now, it is two days later and its hard to put it all into perspective. It is clear now that marathon running, and running in general, still matters. Perhaps more than ever.
As runners and as a running culture, we must carry on and lead the way through this horrible situation. It can't be erased, we can't ignore it and we can't change the tumultuous state of the world. But running can still help us keep calm and help us carry on. Running doesn't restrict us, running connects us and it also lets us be free.
In fact, only running can give us the impetus to heal. Running is the world's most accessible sport and whether you run everyday or run a few times a month, you're still a runner. Running has a way of building solidarity among people, both in the common fitness goals and work ethics that running instills, but also in the shared values it fosters.
The best running stories from Monday turned out to be the acts of courage, bravery and kindness that so many runners contributed. Little will be remembered about the races in this year's Boston Marathon, but we'll never be able to forget this. Running will endure and we will too, because of running. Running still matters!
Be safe my friends whether you are a runner, walker, cycler.......
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