April 16, 2013

Spectating the Boston Marathon 2013

Yesterday morning I arose delighted to be spending a few days with my Mom and also knowing that soon we would be driving a few short miles to our spectating spot for the Boston Marathon.  It was a perfect morning for racing with cloudy blue skies and cool temperatures. I was so excited to be viewing this event again, since the last time, I was a high school student many years ago!  I had no idea how parking would be so we left Mom's place early and took an hour walk before we looked for a place to watch the race.  Sporting my Goofy Challenge shirt and jacket seemed a perfect way to cheer for all the wonderful runners who had qualified for such a prestigious race! Wellesley has a good portion of course on Rt. 135 and we choose a location on Forest Street and that worked out perfectly.  This is approximately halfway through the marathon and you could get great views of the runners where we stood.
My 87 year old Mom excited to be cheering!
Within minutes, we cheered for a wheelchair athlete and shortly afterward the elite women came through.  As the runners came by we yelled names and clapped for the athletes.

It was a fantastic to see Joan Benoit Samuelson come through in her bright pink top!



The elite men coming into view

Speedy!

As we waited and watched the various groups go by, in the beautiful sunshine, it's difficult to imagine what would unfold hours later at the finish line near Copley Square.  It was a very sad end to our sport's banner event that is not only an athletic event but an event for a city.  The finish line is reserved for triumph, celebrations, happiness, fatigue and reunions.  That was taken away from so many yesterday - participants, spectators, first responders, the injured and deceased.  Our hearts ache for them.  As a running community, we will stand strong.

(Pam)

15 comments:

  1. So crazy that someone would try to destroy such a joyous day. :0( Glad you were able to see the elites run by!

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    1. Agree Karen....who could do something so horrible?

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  2. What happened yesterday was nothing short of devastating. I'm so glad you and yours are ok.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Our hearts go out to everyone that has suffered.

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  3. I am very thankful you two chose to watch from where you did! May God be with those affected by this senseless tragedy.

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. We al;so wish peace for those affected by this horrible event.

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  4. Glad you are safe!
    The running community will rebound.
    We will run strong.

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  5. Loved seeing your Mom...really was special to have here there with you and help cheer for the runners. Sporting your Goofy shirt was perfect too as I'm still inspired at your accomplishment with that!
    Shocking is what I am feeling right now...and fear ... So much was taken away for many ....my heart goes out.
    Thank you for sharing your day and your feelings of being there. ((hugs))

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    1. Thanks Melissa. Do not be afraid....that is exactly what the person intended to happen that did this heinous act. We are runners and we are strong and we will support each other.

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  6. I'm glad you and your mom are safe!

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    1. Thanks Monica. It was so special to spectate with her again after so many years and then such a horrendous thing had to happen.

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  7. Glad you both are safe. I love Joanie! She is so badass! She lives right down the street from my mother in law in Maine and she is always so pleasant to speak with when we see her. More proof that runners are just plain old, awesome people.

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    1. Agree Lisa. I met her at the WDW Marathon Meetup and we realized I was in the same class at UNH as her brother. She is quite reserved at first but very approachable....really liked her and of course she was my running idol and still is.

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