Like much of the country, yesterday I was watching the Boston Marathon and was shocked to see the two explosions at the finish line. The Boston Marathon has a lot of personal meaning to me. First and foremost, I grew up outside of Boston so I grew up watching the Boston Marathon at about mile 7 in Framingham. I always remember thinking, someday, I would like to do that. Now, as a marathon runner, it is the Holy Grail. It is the thing that most marathon runners want to accomplish in their life – The Boston Marathon. I will probably not qualify for the Boston Marathon on time; however, I might get in on a sponsor/charity exemption. I really hope that some day, I will have that opportunity.
As I was eating my lunch and watching the news coverage of what had happened, I was greatly saddened for so many reasons. I was sad of course for those who were injured or lost their life and their families. I was sad for the runners who had trained for so many months to achieve this goal and then not be able to cross the finish line. I was sad for the City of Boston because this day will forever have an impact on the city. I was also sad for Boston because this unfortunately will forever change the Boston Marathon and I fear it will change all future marathons around the world. Now, what should be a joyful celebration of the human spirit and endurance, may now be shadowed with metal detectors, pat downs and restrictions to be a spectator and that makes me really sad. I am also saddened by the thought the people who worked so hard, Lelisa Desisa Benti the men’s winner and the Rita Jeptoo, the women’s winner, will unfortunately be overshadowed by the events that happened after they crossed the finish line.
My sister, is a massage therapist and for the past seven years, she has worked for Fleet Feet Chicago and Adidas to provide massages for their team runners. Luckily, she was about a mile away from the blasts so she was not in immediate danger; however, like many others, the events of yesterday are going to have a lasting impact on her life. As her brother, I will do what I can to help her but there is not really much I can do to take away the trauma, the grief, the pain and the sorrow she now feels. Shortly after the news first broke, people began talking about this and that and I began thinking, “What can I do to help”?
Of course, I am available to help those who were there or affected by this tragedy. As a nation or as a world, I wonder what can we do collectively to help people to know what to do, what to say and more importantly, what not to say? My mission is to provide the words, the conservation that will be helpful for people in their time of need. So, if you know anyone who was in Boston or has been impacted by the events that took place yesterday, let me know. I am available and I want to assist with their healing process.
I had a brief conversation with my sister this morning, she said that she might just have a way that I can make my dream come true of one day crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon and that would be fabulous! If someday I get that chance, I will be thinking of those people who were injured, who lost their life, or simply those who had their life changed forever on that horrifying day in April of 2013. Every single step on that historic course, I will forever keep them warm in my heart because that is how we keep those we love and care about alive and not forgotten.
Boston – Always in our Hearts – 04/15/2013