April 18, 2013

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As many of you know, I was in Massachusetts to visit my Mom. While there, I had the opportunity to spectate at the Boston Marathon.  When I think back on how the day unfolded, it seems like your worst nightmare. The first photo I took at the race included the police on motorcycles and a few vehicles.

Little did we know the police would be busy later in the day.

 Mom and I had a delightful time cheering on all the elite runners, and many of those who were middle of the pack.  In Wellesley, at the junction of Rt. 135 and Forest Street, it was perfect viewing and such a wonderful day for the runners.  We loved every minute of our time spectating and when we left to go home for lunch, we had no idea what would happen later on in the day. After lunch and a nice bit of time off our feet, we left to run a few errands. Purchasing a new sofa bed and a few small items took us less than two hours. When we arrived back at Mom's condominium, I went straight to the gym to chat with one of the other resident's to see how his son had done in the marathon.  Mark was running for the fourth or fifth time and Mr. Perry had planned to spectate as well.  Mom went to pick up her mail while I hurried to hear about Mark.  When I arrived at the gym I was stunned to see the televisions with the breaking news of the explosions. I saw Mr. Perry on the eliptical machine and he told me Mark was safe but shook up.  Thankfully, he had finished the race earlier (speedy) and was reunited with his wife.

Words really do not do justice to how to express feelings after such a tragedy.  I am so thankful for those that remained unharmed, but for those families suffering my heart breaks.  It was meant to be such a joyful day. The running community is strong and we will survive.  Next year, I plan to be back in Massachusetts ready to celebrate and cheer for the runners again at the 118th Boston Marathon.
(Pam)

8 comments:

  1. Boston has long been my favorite city. An attack on this city, and especially a running event, feels like an attack on my running family. We all feel the same but will not allow these cowards to win. We shall all continue to do what we love, FOR those we love (and lost), and will triumph in the end.

    Kimberley

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  2. Having grown up outside of Boston I consider it to be my home city. I agree that an attack on a running event is so cowardly....innocent people being harmed for what? All runners will stand strong and not let this ruin our spirit.

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  3. I would love to go watch and cheer everyone on next year! Some year I would love to qualify for the Boston - however I need to get the guts to make the jump to the full marathon instead of the half. I also would love to earn my Goofy medal.

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    1. Sarah, you can do it. Follow a training plan and work hard! I loved the whole Goofy experience and the Jeff Galloway training worked perfectly!

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  4. I would love to spectate at this race one day. Glad everyone made it home safe!

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    1. It is such a fun race, but so sad that things ended so badly this year. I hope next year is a great one in a wonderful city.

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