That's what runners are. A family. I can meet someone who runs and we may have very little in common, but we can talk for hours about that one thing. We connect, share stories, tips and good wishes. I've never run the Boston Marathon. But even though I've never run it, I'm invested in the race. My goal is to one day qualify, even if it takes 30 years. Most runners have a feeling of being invested in this race. Many of us know someone who has run it even if we are not running it ourselves. I knew several people who were there (all safe thankfully) and I know even more who have done it in past years. It's an important race, a dream that people chase. Not an impossible dream. It's the kind that hard work can make come true.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication by the runner and anyone who loves him/her. There are hours spent training, trips to marathons and for the spectators - usually at least a few hours at each race just waiting and cheering. That's what Martin Richard was doing. He was only 8 and wanting to hug his dad who just finished. It was supposed to be a day of joy. Now Martin is gone, along with two others. Several are in critical and many more in serious condition in local hospitals.
These bombs shook people too far away to feel the blast. Today and throughout the week many of us will be wearing our race shirts in support of those affected by this horror. Many of us will also be wearing this bib
Artwork and idea are not mine. You can find more details about the movement at http://www.runjunkees.com/
Other groups have other bibs, but the idea remains the same.
We unite to honor those affected.