The Boston Marathon Tragedy: A local runner’s perspective

I find myself at a loss for words in the wake of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon , but did want to express and acknowledge what I’m certain are feelings that we all share: feelings of shock, concern and overwhelming sadness about the tragedy that occurred just steps away from the Iconic Boston Marathon Finish Line.  These feelings are not just from a runner’s perspective but America as a whole.  The Grand Strand Running Club and the local running community had a good presence at the event.  We are happy to say that all the local runners are accounted for and safe.

The Boston Marathon is a unique and esteemed event in distance running, due to its qualifying time standards. Runners can chase a qualifying time for Boston for many years or even a lifetime.  If accomplished, they wear that standard like a medal.  It is one thing to be a marathon runner and another to have qualified and toed the line at the famous race.  Running Boston is truly a rite of passage for all marathoners.  To follow the footsteps of Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and all the great African runners is a 26.2 journey through running history.

What is usually a day of excitement in American distance running has been tragically replaced with images of carnage.  What happened yesterday afternoon is yet another blow to our innocence since 9/11.  Unfortunately today’s world has people who wish to cause terror and harm the innocent. Marathon Monday in Boston is usually filled with the celebration that typically surrounds the event.  It quickly became a day in which running a marathon and finishing times were of little importance.

The city of Boston was knocked to its knees, but it will quickly rise.  Cowards who attack the innocent will never outnumber the good and will eventually be brought to justice.  Distance runners are a resilient bunch and more people will be encouraged to participate in this great American sporting event.  Let us not forget the fallen but from this day forward Patriot’s Day will take on even greater meaning and we will endure.

Daniel Brass is the Owner and Head Runner @ Black Dog Running Company and Vice President of the Grand Strand Running Club. He is always happy to talk running, along with giving encouragement and training advice. The store is located in the Sport’s Corner, downtown Myrtle Beachon the web @ www.blackdogrunning.com or call 843.685.5637

 

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