I’ve been an avid runner most of my adult life. It’s only recently that my knees have said “no more” but it hasn’t lessened my desire or my keen interest in watching races such as the Boston Marathon. I’ve been that runner crossing the finish line, exhausted, exuberant and energized by a throng of strangers cheering me on. I’ve also been at many finish lines watching runners accomplish their dream of running a marathon. The atmosphere of these events is electrifying and something to remember. Never once did I even imagine that evil would be lurking in the crowd to inflict pain, suffering, maiming and even death on the on lookers - until last Monday. That’s when two horribly evil men changed lives forever.
When I read and watch horrific stories such as this, I often wonder if people are born evil or if evil develops or if they are predisposed to evil. I’m sure this is a debate for the ages and for which there probably does not exist a scientific answer but I do know that what occurred in Boston is pure evil.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families and my praise goes out to all first responders and the resiliency of the residents of Boston and surrounding areas. Yes, this act was evil but I am willing to bet the 118th running of the Boston Marathon will show solidarity and true meaning to the newly coined phrase “BOSTON Stands AS One.”