Boston Marathon Tragedy

The events at yesterday’s marathon hit this city hard.  This senseless act took three lives, injured over 100 others, and destroyed thousands of dreams of crossing the Boston Marathon finish line.  I’m so many emotions right now.  I’m deeply saddened, heart-broken.  I’m shocked.  I’m angry.  I’m confused.

Ever since I was little, I dreamed of running the Boston Marathon.  We use to go out to Wellesley, hand out orange slices and water to the runners. I was inspired to one day make the trek from Hopkinton to Boston.   How could you not want to be a part of one of the most inspiring, energetic, and just simply amazing days in Boston?    Crossing the finish line there is pure joy, and a time to be celebrated.  Yesterday, the finish line became a place of terror and destruction.

The one thing I know about endurance athletes is that we are TOUGH.  We are resilient.  We fight back, persevere, and don’t give up when the going gets tough.  We won’t let this scare us, or take away our city’s day, our tradition.  The outpouring of support from within Boston and from across the country has been just incredible so far.  And I know it will continue.  We won’t forget what happened yesterday, but we will gain strength from it.

Thank you for all who reached out yesterday.   I was not running.  In fact, it was the first year I didn’t take the day off of work.  Just a couple hours before, me and a few co-workers went down to the finish line to watch, but we were back in the office when the bombs went off.   I am fortunate enough to know that all my CRC and QT2 teammates are ok, as well as my friends from SRR, BAA, and others.

Please keep the victims and the city of Boston in your thoughts and prayers.  If you can, donate here to the families impacted by this tragedy.

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