On April 15, when the race clock at the Boston Marathon had counted to 4:09, runners who were meters from achieving dreams were knocked off their feet.
And so to honor all those affected by this tragedy, runners from around the country, and maybe even the world, are lacing up their shoes and running 4.09 miles.
I’ve participated in a couple of these events. The first was on my treadmill. When I hit 4.09 miles, I stopped the treadmill to take a picture and remember all those who had been and continue to be in harm’s way.
Then I hit the start button and continued running
– for the emergency responders who ran to the aid of the injured.
– for the marathon runners who kept running past the finish line to give blood at the hospital.
– for everyone who has the courage to lace up their shoes and run this week.
– for those injured on April 15, who will recover and attempt runs and races.
Running gives us courage. This event will not stop us from running in our neighborhoods or signing up for the next race. It will motivate us to tackle the next mile.
* The song playing on my iPod at this point in my run: “We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel. The chorus seemed particularly fitting. Youtube video