Words can’t express how saddened I am at the events that transpired at the Boston Marathon on Tuesday. How any human being can ever possibly conceive of causing such senseless devastation is beyond comprehension to me. This terrorist act has had a profound effect on our nation and on our close-knit running community. I just wanted to pause and take a moment to express my deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to all of those involved and affected by the massacre. My heart is heavy and my mind is disturbed at this terrible tragedy. Everyone affected is in my most sincere thoughts and prayers.
Often times we see humanity at its best when we see humanity at its worst. It’s truly humbling to see so many people coming together to help in any way that they can– whether it be the first responders at the scene, the runners and spectators that selflessly ran towards the explosion scenes, or any of the citizens throughout the country who are finding ways to aid and contribute in the aftermath.
The movement sweeping across our running community to provide support to all those affected by this tragic moment in history is unbelievable. Whether the sport of running or the liberty of our nation was the intended target of this terrorist attack, runners everywhere are uniting together to make sure it’s known that we support our runners with no limitations and that our spirits cannot be broken. If anything, we are emerging stronger, more powerful, and more determined than ever. I am truly proud and fortunate to be part of a running community full of such compassionate and driven individuals.
I am aware of several efforts to provide support to the victims of the Boston marathon bombings, including the Runners United to Remember group by Run Junkees on Facebook.
If you know of any support groups, movements, or other efforts to support the victims of Boston, PLEASE post them below. I, as well as many other runners, would like to help out as much as possible. ❤