Seeing what happened today has completely stunned me. Running in the Boston marathon requires a qualifying time, one that you have to work very hard for. It's a highlight in any runner's life, and it should be a happy, euphoric day, a day where they can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
My heart breaks for everyone in Boston today. I remember trying to find Ryan in all those people....and I can imagine how panicked spectators must have been, trying to find their runners today...trying to get ahold of them and make sure they're safe when their phones are in their gear bags that they checked at the start line. I remember how packed with people the finish line was, everyone craning their necks to get a glimpse of the runner they're cheering for. I can't stop looking at Twitter and the news and the pictures are too familiar but nightmarish instead of celebratory like they should be.
I'm so sad. I'm so sad for everyone in Boston today. It's a wonderful city full of welcoming, kind people and they love the marathon and everyone who travels from all over the world to run it. Today should be a happy day, and instead it's heartbreaking.
Church in Boston in '09 decked out for the marathon; the church also offered a Blessing of the Athletes the day before the marathon