Boston

The scene at the finish line after two explosions at the Boston Marathon. Photo from the Boston Globe.

The scene at the finish line after two explosions at the Boston Marathon. Photo from the Boston Globe.

My thoughts and heart go out tonight to the everyone involved in the Boston Marathon tragedy: the victims, their families and friends, the runners, spectators, organizers. emergency responders, everyone involved.

I’m happy to hear everyone from the Niagara region who was running in Boston today is ok. My home club, the St. Catharines Road Runners and Walkers, reports its members running the marathon made it to the finish line safely. Dan Dakin of the St. Catharines Standard has a good story about the experiences of local runners in Boston as well as the perspectives of those cheering them on at home. Here is another story by Dan about a Niagara Falls man who helped the first responders.

Also happy to report all the Team Running Free runners in Boston are also accounted for. Here is another story about Toronto area runners in the race.

Before I was a runner, I was always in awe of those who had done Boston. Whenever I speak with anyone about running, it’s not long before Boston is brought up. For us runners, Boston remains as the juiciest carrot we are all chasing.

Picked up a few messages today. Thanks, everyone, for your concern. I did not run in the Boston Marathon today. Registration was sold out by the time I qualified last fall and I was looking forward to running in 2014.

I did have opportunity to watch the women finish on TV and the top men were on their way to the finish line when I left the house around noon. It was just after 3 p.m. when I got back to my car, turned on the radio and heard Tim and Sid talking about explosions on the Fan590. It was definitely jarring.

While the events were tragic, I am in awe of runners helping each other during the most dire of situations. We’ve all seen  runners helping other runners during races or in training during races when their bodies give out. Today was a great example of how we are truly all in this together.

Click this link and this link for some other inspiring stories.

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