Today is a sad day that resonates on many different avenues. First, to the runners and bystanders who were injured in this senseless attack. The city of Boston and the race itself. There are a lot more, however, I'm at a loss for words. As a runner and a half marathoner, the last thought that runs though a runners head is the possibility of an attack. Split times, race pace, distance to finish line, hydration levels, fatigue level and such are the norm, not is there going to be a bomb or an attack on the race I'm running today.
My wife and I have run hundreds of races though out the years and our safety at any of the events was never a concern. Until today, road races such as the Boston Marathon and others were the last true athletic event not subject to extreme security. Until today it never had to be. The logistics of undertaking such a step is almost impossible not to say expensive. This evening my shop has been flooded with phone calls from concerned friends, family and neighbors asking if I heard the tragic news. I wish I could say it is just a hoax.
My wife and I have a large number of races this summer which includes a number of medium to high profile half marathon races. I have been asked if the events of today will change our plans to run in any further races. Currently I have to say NO, however, I believe the events of today will have a ripple effect on any race from this date forward. Will the races my wife and I are scheduled to run be canceled or will these races be drastically changed, only time will tell.
I have been repeatedly asked what my feelings and thoughts are concerning today's attack. I'm sad, concerned for the victims of Boston, worried about the ramifications this will have on my sport, and mad as hell. The rest are not suitable to be printed on a public forum. It is my hope that those in charge of the investigation find the individual or individuals responsible for today's attack. If it were up to me, there would be no plea deals or long prison sentences. I am usually very civil, however, if left to me I would have a very public hanging of those responsible. Those who were injured or family members of those who died or injured would be allowed to pull the lever. I know this topic has nothing to do with burning coal, however, today's events underscores how events like this are an attack on our very lifestyle, sense of security, our nation and its people and should not be tolerated.