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4/17/13 11:09 A

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I'm still having a hard time putting into any kind of words what this tragedy means to me. It just breaks my heart. So I'm going to let my sister's words speak for me because I think she truly captured how this is affecting runners as a whole. Check it out: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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4/17/13 7:29 A

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I'm sure we've watched all the coverage at the finish line. The compassion shown like that Nancy shared reminds us of the goodness in people that will triumph over evil! I too am so proud of the heart of our running community.

Last night, My American Running Company Team and I celebrated the store's 9 years anniversary. We had our training run as Runners United to Remember. All of us are doing a composite 26.2 in the next two weeks. We all wore the 4.15.13 Boston bib. As we ran, we continuously heard cars passing with their horns showing support. I could not help but think about my 12 staff members I lost in the Pentagon on 9-11. We will never for get them and all those of 4-15.
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4/17/13 7:27 A

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The bombing in Boston made our family Angry! For something so senseless to be happening again here in our home should be unacceptable. I heard someone saying that she was keeping some of the news from her children. I do feel that we should keep some of the news and graphic pictures away from our children, but I encourage all parents to talk to their children about how wrong this is. I think that our society is trying to be so open and so forgiving that some of our young people are not getting the message about what is right and what is wrong. Add the lack of the right vs. wrong message to a feeling that one has a "right" to be and have the same lifestyle as everyone else and people tend to lose perspective and respect for others. I was taught that I had to work for everything I expected to have. I taught my children the same thing. Whoever put a hurtful object near where family and friends would be supporting and cheering loved ones through any event where hard work and determination are so key is incredible to me. it makes my heart sad. I too will dedicate my running this week to the victims and survivors.

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4/17/13 7:10 A

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Oh Nancy, that's wonderful and just more proof of what amazing people make up the running community!

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4/16/13 7:50 P

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Nancy - That's an amazing story!

My heart and thoughts are with all..

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4/16/13 5:33 P

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The following is from a team member of my Fifty States Half Marathon team--I knew runners were special and this reaffirms this!!! Nancy

As some of you know, I was 1/2 mile from the finish line when the explosion went off. I had no idea what was going on until I finally stopped and asked someone. Knowing that my family was at the finish line waiting for me, I started panicking, trying to call them. Diverted away from the finish line, I started walking down Mass Ave towards Symphony Hall still not knowing where my family was. Right before the intersection of Huntington, I was able to get in touch with Bryan and found out he was with my family and they were safe. I was just so happy to hear his voice that I sat down and started crying. Just couldn't hold it back. At that moment, a couple walking by stopped. The woman took the space tent off her husband, who had finished the marathon, and wrapped it around me. She asked me if I was okay, if I knew where my family was. I reassured her I knew where they were and I would be ok. The man then asked me if I finished to which I nodded "no." He then proceeded to take the medal off from around his neck and placed it around mine. He told me "you are a finisher in my eyes." I was barely able to choke out a "thank you" between my tears.

Odds are I will never see this couple again, but I'm reaching out with the slim chance that I will be able to express to them just what this gesture meant to me. I was so in need of a familiar face at that point in time. This couple reassured me that even though such a terrible thing had happened, everything was going to be ok. By: Laura Wellington

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Like all of you, this hit me so hard and has created so much pain in my heart. I read about the little boy who died, and about his 6 year old sister who lost her leg and his mother who has a brain injury from the blast. One thing that really touched me too was that the 6 year old little girl had run in the kids race the day before and had been so proud of her award for participating. And then she had her leg blown off. I truly hope and pray that with therapy and good prosthetics one day she will run again and that she will fight back and go on to do great things in her life in whatever way, whether by running, with her mind and skills she develops, with her heart. So many other stories. I think of all the runners and spectators who had been there earlier, or the runners who were further behind, and the thoughts these people have going through their head. What if they had been just a little faster or a little slower with their pace and had been crossing the finish line at that moment of the blast instead of earlier or those who were still on the course? It really strikes you how quickly life can change. And for me what also makes it so tragic is the dedication of that last mile to the Sandy Hook victims.
Anyway, I am not running right now but I will wear a shirt from one of my races and go for a long walk today, joining in with all those others of you joining spirit today.

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Today, I will not lie. I was affected by the events in Boston! Repetition of video set off visions of past experiences. I'm focusing on positive resolve. I will run tonight in remembrance towards a 26.2 distance which I will complete within two weeks. I know Spark runners will do the same.

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4/16/13 10:39 A

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Well said, Nancy!

One of the comments I read on line was about runners taking this attack personally, and it really made me stop and think. There are so many reasons why I take this personally! My thoughts are especially with those directly affected by this terrible crime, but they also go out to everyone who runs, races and supports runners as we are all assaulted spiritually by this.

When I was a kid, I dreamed of running the Boston marathon to celebrate turning 42 (42.2 km - I am Canadian after all!). That would have been this year, had I accomplished my goal. Mostly what I can't stop thinking about are the families waiting to cheer loved ones at the finish line. This after all the sacrifice and understanding and support that the families of marathoners share and bear as the runner prepares for THE marathon of a lifetime. I think about what it means to me to run and what, exactly, a terrorist is trying to destroy when orchestrating an assault like this, and I do take it personally. It's inconceivably evil that someone would think of targeting people in these joyful shared moments of accomplishment and triumph.

In the end, like Nancy said, it's always been about the getting up and not about the knocking down.

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4/16/13 10:34 A

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There are some really sick people in this world that don't care who they hurt as long as their agenda get across. I think the finish-line was a strategic placement behind all of the world flags.

My heart goes out to all those who died and injured with some severely.

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Runners are stronger than any evil doer can try to take away--we have the spirit and the heart and we will carry on and you can be certain, you can knock us down, but you will NOT keep us down.

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I am heading out soon for my morning run, and those miles are dedicated to all those in Boston, and to runners everywhere.

When I got the news yesterday at work, I was shaken. Literally shaking that someone would be such a coward to choose that type of venue for such a horrible attack.

I am wearing a race shirt to work today. We aren't allowed casual wear there, so I will have it under some dress clothes, but I will be wearing it. I'm choosing the BMO Okanagon 10K from last fall.

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Thank you, Trish, for opening this topic. A great idea for us to be able to make a journal entry of our thoughts. We're all in this together, for sure!!

I ran yesterday as well, a while after receiving the shocking news. I just needed it!! I live in a community where it's common for runners to smile at one another or lift of finger of "hello", but yesterday I sensed a camaraderie that was special; a lift of the hand and a smile that simply said, "I know... me too... heartbroken"; I could read it in their faces and I know they could in mine.

This is so terrible on so many levels. I have a grandson the age of the young boy who died; I've been a runner towing the line, excited for my race after working hard to train for it, I've been that spectator, proud of my friends & family who are out there for the joy of a sport they love and to remain healthy for their families.

This has certainly touched my heart as a runner, but regardless of the type event, evil intended to destroy is WRONG and WILL NOT prevail !! I know this with absolute certainty! I'll continue to pray for God's presence with all those affected and He who is all powerful and able, will put this evil in it's place!!

My miles today will be in honor of Boston!!

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4/16/13 6:59 A

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Thank you so much, Trish.
If someone had just wanted to make a political point, they could have taken out many other targets. Like you, like all of us, I am horrified that they chose, instead, to inflict their own agenda on innocents.

People here kept looking at me like I was crazy when I kept saying, "the runners, the runners." This hit me on so many levels and one of them was certainly as a runner. I've run one half-marathon so far and I didn't have to compete for a spot in that, but I do know how it felt coming across that finish line : that sense of accomplishment, that all the training had been worth it, that I should have trained a little harder, that I can do anything if I try hard enough...and that was incredibly cruel of these fiends to take that away from the competitors.

But the running community certainly showed its moxie when so many of the competitors kept running; Running all the way to Mass General to make sure there was enough blood for the victims.

Like many of us I will be racing soon, and you can be sure that we will be thinking of those in Boston whose strength of body, strength of spirit and strength of heart were so strong. And everyone of us who crosses a finish line will show these people that you can smack at us, but you will not keep us down! You will not make us afraid. All you've done is make us more determined to live life to the fullest.

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What a terrible and sad disaster....
I went out and ran for Boston yesterday. Will continue.....
Pray for Boston....

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Hey everyone!

We will put back the "how many miles did you run this week" thread to sticky after a wee bit. This thread is so you can voice your feelings on the terrible happenings at the Boston Marathon finish line today. It has hit a lot of us to our core, and I know that a ton of people in this team know people that were there today.

For me, I am just incredibly sad that people thought it a good thing to target a sporting event to make a political statement. Everyone there was there for one reason - the love of sport, and the want to be the best they can be. Thankfully the explosives did not detinate when there were 1000's of people there, but that does not take away from the magnitude of the loss. I want to fight for our freedom to be our own person, to strive for what makes us most happy, and to make ourselves the best we can be:)

Keep looking towards the stars for yourselves - I KNOW you are all worth it!!

Please, if you remember, wear a race shirt, and get out there and do a walk, run, or bike in memory, and to give support to all those dealing with loss, and injury. I plan on wearing my Just A Short Run shirt tomorrow, am not running now, so will walk at least a 5 km.

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