At 2.27pm US Boston time and 7.35 UK time on the 15th April 2013 we were made aware of two explosions which had gone off near the finish line of Boston Marathon. A terrible tragedy which has already brought to light the death of two and more than 100 injured with 17 critical injuries. As a runner myself and seeing as I'm a blogger I thought I would take this time to reflect on what can only be described as a horrifying destruction on innocent life.
Runners: Why do we run? Some run to lose weight, some run to gain confidence, some run to stay fit, some run because they love the sport. No matter why you run at some point or another most runners will partake in a running event, whether for charity or just for ourselves. It is as those points in our lives, we realise how much we really love running, no matter what brought us to this point, because we are part of a secret community that is suddenly brought together and made into something much stronger. What could be better for one runner than to be joined together with other runners all there to run and achieve something. We do not enter these competitions to compete with anyone but ourselves, we work together and push each other, we even use people we have never met before as pace makers! Together as runners, we are doing something remarkable without even knowing it, we are changing the world by bringing people of all different abilities, ages, races, nationalities, genders we are the generation of life changers, starting running to change our own life but as a community we are doing so much more than that. Just look at events like Race For Life or any event in fact, people are running for charities, people are literally running to save lives. And somebody came yesterday and tried to destroy it. As a running community this will only pull us together more and bring us closer to the sport we so well and truly love but what has happened has ripped us into terror and fear. To put an explosion near the finish line is a sick act, it is where we are most joyus where we know we have done something great. They were pulled away from that and for people there to become fitter and left in a state of fear and anguish and in some cases injured is just wrong and upsetting.
Spectators: Where would we be without them? They are there because they understand. All the training we put in they sit by and watch, they are with us from our first sweat, and every mile mark, till when we cross the finish line. That goes for volunteers too, handing out water and medals and t shirts at some point or another they become a runners best friend. They push us through that last stretch and make us run even when our legs give out. And if that happens and our legs do give out they are there to offer support and encouragement when we need it most, the spectators are a community in themselves, they work together and support everyone, because they know everyone has a story. They stand by that finishing line proud and waiting with that camera to take that photo to watch your time to see your face. They stand there so they can be ready to take care of you and praise you. Once again it was ripped from them, those people who were there for us when we needed them, those innocent people who stepped aside their troubles to look out for us runners. They were torn apart by an act of terror and fear. In the one place where we all unite and work together to support everyone, it was stolen from us.
What needs to be said though, is we will come back stronger. We will come back fighting these people who dare rip apart a community, because from what I see is it is bringing us closer, they have done something to bring us closer. We will come back running and supporting.