BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2013
At 3:15pm on April 15, 2013, I received a call from my brother, Allen, during an economics class. He had finished the Boston Marathon about an hour earlier, and I had been tracking his splits online throughout the day. I noticed that his finish time was roughly fourty minutes off-pace, so I figured that he was calling to discuss his injury. I stepped outside to take the call, only to hear his shaking voice on the other end. "Nick, the Boston Marathon was bombed," he began. My heart stopped as he quickly assured me that he and his wife, Sara, were safe. He described the event as a bloodbath and said goodbye so that he could call our parents. I told Al that I loved him and hung up the phone.
I sat in class for another thirty minutes, not knowing exactly what to make of the call. I had no idea how severe the bombings were, how many were injured, or if there were more to come. I watched the fallout on television for several hours afterwards, refreshing my Washington Post App frequently for updates. I talked to friends who had family running or watching the event, and saw their overwhelming sense of relief as they heard from loved ones.
Like many others, I've been reading firsthand accounts and commentary on the event since it occurred. Journalists, participants, and spectators have contributed to share an uplifting, unified voice of strength. We will make it through this. We will persevere. I perceived Ezra Klein's piece to be the most moving:
"If you are losing faith in human nature today, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon. The flood of donations crashed the Red Cross’s Web site. The organization tweeted that its blood supplies are already full. People are lining up outside of Tufts Medical Center to try and help. Runners are already vowing to be at marathons in the coming weeks and months. This won’t be the last time the squeakers run Boston. This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible."
I've run five half marathons in the past five months, and friends good naturedly ask, "What's the matter, can't handle a full marathon?" I smile and laugh, but until now I've been too intimidated to try one. With the recent tragedy in Boston, I know that running a marathon will never be as timely, never as relevant, and never as important. So, I'm entering my first marathon on May 19, 2013 in Vermont to show support for those killed and injured in Boston. I'm running to show solidarity with those who trained for months but were prevented from finishing. But, most of all I'm running to show that no act of terror, no matter how egregious, can kill the runner's spirit.
Please show support by donating to the American Red Cross, which, as always, has played an integral role in the aftermath of tragedy.