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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

July 6, 2013

RUNNER’S WORLD: Boston Bombings Special Issue

Emoticon"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."       


  1. Macky,

    Appreciate the blog post, and glad you enjoyed the issue and article. Did you see the slideshow? http://www.runnersworld.com/photos/united-we-run

    Take care,

    Nick Weldon

  2. Hi Nick,
    Thank you very much for this update. My son Marcel will be very happy to know about this. I am sure he will have the link featured in his facebook as well. hahahaha........As a father, I am beaming with pride. And speaking of the run, me and my running buddies are already talking about an anniversary run come April next year. It will be fun. At the same time, a chance to show solidarity with the Boston Marathon. Again, many thanks to you, Renee and your magazine.