"If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathon runners are the wrong group to target."
These words, from Don Kern (a Michigan race director) which David Willey (Editor-in-Chief) quoted in the Editor’s Letter, are ingrained in my mind as I read thru the July 2013 edition of the RUNNER’S WORLD.
It is a special issue on the Boston Bombings which happened on that fateful day of 4.15.13. I browsed thru it and couldn’t help but focused on the first-hand accounts of the marathon runners who in an instant turned into real-life heroes as they provided aid to the blast victims, many fellow runners. Truly, the wrong group to cow into submission and fear.
Noted with interest as well, on a personal level, is the story at pages 28-30 by Nick Weldon. It talks about two tribute runs – Boston Strong and Unity Run which were participated in by thousands of runners all over the globe, including here in the Philippines. As far as I know, the local tribute runs were the ones in Muntinlupa (http://bicolanopenguin.blogspot.com/2013/04/boston-strong-muntinlupa-run-to-remember.html) and Naga (http://bicolanopenguin.blogspot.com/2013/04/boston-strong-naga-humabol.html), and the Bicolano Penguin had something to do with both. Admittedly, our number of runners were quite minute but these were endeavors of ours that help us to be more human and at the same time standing up for courage.
As Susan Sared, a Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, points out – "Running has a particular symbolic value. It’s running toward not running away."