Back on the 3rd Monday in April, 2002 (Patriot's Day) while suffering a mild case of Mononucleosis(or not so mild as my old roommate remembers), I dragged myself out of bed and into Kenmore Square to watch the lead runners pass by the 1 mile to go marker in the Boston Marathon as the annual 11:00AM Red Sox game let out and the square became packed. The next three Patriot's Days I spent being amazed and inspired while volunteering at the 24.2 Mile Water station with my fellow BU students. As we cheered on the runners, I promised myself that I eventually would run one.
Now that time is here. Unfortunately, shortly before finding out I was accepted to run in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon the events of this year's Boston Marathon occurred and what was a day we all looked forward to each year in Boston was scarred forever. This only made me want to run this year's even more, for those who were unable to finish and for those who can no longer run.
On that day we saw the worst of humanity but also the best. While almost three hundred lay injured and the death of three innocent people including a fellow Terrier, first responders and good samaritans ran towards the explosions and many runners continued running to the nearest hospital to give blood. I have a strong connection to the city of Boston and their marathon; watching it those four years was the motivation to finally run one myself.
I am not asking for much, a dollar maybe two or whatever you feel comfortable donating. All donations, no matter how small will go to help the One Fund for Boston, set up by Mayor Menino to help families affected by the cowardly and despicable acts of that day.