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Monday, April 22, 2013

The tragedy in Boston Marathon hits home


Racing in Boston will always have a very special meaning for both of us. Helen did Boston Marathon last year running an epic race in scorching heat. I did one back in 2010 and have many wonderful memories of the city and this classic event. Robert and I still remember one of those magic moments when we received free tickets to the Red Sox game from one of the fans when we visited Fenway Park. A simple act of kindness and generosity that stays in your thoughts for a long time.

The tragedy in Boston on April 15 left both of us and the whole running community in a state of shock, disbelief and deep sadness.  Two days later, the Running Room on Bank Street in Ottawa was packed with runners who came to their weekly Wednesday run with a purpose to show their support. Like many others, Helen and I were wearing Boston racing shirts hoping that this simple gesture of solidarity will somehow make a difference and send a message. A message that this act of senseless violence will not break our spirits, that there is more good than evil in the world, and that our running community is united and strong ... Boston-strong.
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