So today’s post was originally intended for another subject entirely, but in light of recent events, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Boston and my upcoming race.
The Big Sur International Marathon has an event called “Boston 2 Big Sur”, a challenge for elite athletes to run Boston and then tackle the grueling marathon course of Big Sur two weeks later. While I am only participating in the 9 miler (starts/finishes in Marathon Village), I plan to stay longer to support marathon finishers after I complete my race. For me, it is so important to support the rest of my running community at this time and especially those that have traveled here from Boston. It is sad to think that there are people in this world who have targeted and tainted so many sacred places and events; places for education, places for competition and places for community.
Some may warn against running events, but I ask you this: Will you stop going to school? Will you stop riding airplanes? Will you stop attending community events in fear of the worst? When we stop, they win.
And while our lives and perceptions of society are irrevocably changed by each tragic event that occurs, we will keep going. This too shall pass.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Boston.
A Fellow Runner