I am staring at a blank WordPress post trying to find the words to explain how I am feeling after yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Senseless. Disgusting. Cowardly. Tragic. Whatever the word is, my thoughts and prayers are with those families who were involved in the attack.
The running community, as I have written in the past, is one of the most philanthropic groups I have ever come across. We run for charities, we raise money for causes we believe in and we donate our time and energy to spread the word about the things we believe in. I was amazed yesterday by the outpouring of support via social media for those looking to support and help. I witnessed on video runners going directly towards the chaos to assist those in need. I am proud to call myself a runner and I am looking forward to doing all I can to try and make this horrible event in any way better.
I was immediately brought back to 9/11 yesterday, my cell phone was down, I couldn’t reach my wife, but this time around I turned to Twitter to find my news and share updates with the #RunChat community. I again have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support for Boston through action (wearing a race shirt of Boston Marathon colors today, ) or words of support.
As the details continue to unfold there will be time to reflect and try to figure out why all of this happened. I am sure race directors around the world, and especially London, will be trying to find a way to close any gaps in security and continue to keep spectators and runners safe.
After the New York City Marathon cancellation last year we saw thousands of examples of kindness and support throughout the metropolitan area; runners donned their race shirts and went out to volunteer their help. The Boston bombings leave fewer opportunities to make physical efforts but you can still support the Boston victims.
At your next race wear a Boston sports team hat. Today at work, wear Boston Marathon blue and yellow, share details from the Red Cross on how individuals can help with monetary or blood donations. But above all, continue to be a runner support this great sport and continue to be the philanthropic group that you are. Sign up and run for charity. Raise money for a cause. Wear something for awareness.
I am so proud to be a runner and part of this community. I will certainly be supporting those victims today with the Boston colors and looking for other opportunities in my new city Boston to help out. Spread the word. Unite. Support.
What will you be doing to help spread the words of Unite and Support today?