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April 26, 2013

On The Run column: Sticking together in a time of crisis


After 1 p.m., most runners had gone through and we started to clean up the thousands of cups strewn on the ground. It went quickly and we were done by 1:30 as the last runners made their way toward Boston. It was a tremendously rewarding day and I left feeling pretty great about life and how to live it.

I got back to Beverly a little after 2:30 and was listening to sports talk radio as I drove to my house when I heard that there were explosions at the finish line of the marathon. The rest of the day and night was spent watching TV coverage of the horrific events that followed. As well as answering the barrage of phone calls, emails, texts and other messages from friends and relatives who figured I was either running or watching the race and checking to see that I was OK.

As I’m sure it has for many, running has proven therapeutic in the days following the incident. It’s been a good way to clear my head and especially last week, to escape from the non-stop coverage of the bombing and its aftermath. We had tickets to the Red Sox game last Friday that was postponed until Sunday night, and it was especially poignant (and disturbing) to walk around the cordoned-off finish line area and see the many memorials (as well as news vans from all over the country).

It’s been heartening to see how the entire region has united in the wake of the bombings, raising millions to help the victims and their families. The running community has especially felt the impact of the incident, with runners and Boston Marathon volunteers wearing their yellow and blue marathon gear in honor of the victims. The Run to Remember Half Marathon, which takes place on May 25 in Boston and honors local law enforcement officers, has seen a huge spike in registrations since the events of last week. And the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, scheduled for May 26, just announced that it was making 150 of its remaining numbers available to Boston Marathon participants.

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