The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon took three lives, severely injured spectators, caused incredible damages and struck fear into the hearts of thousands, if not millions, of people. The whole world took notice as the terrifying images played repeatedly on the news, raising many unanswered questions including WHY, why here, why at this marathon that brings together people from all over the world, at an event that typically is surrounded by loud emotions of courage, accomplishment and pure joy.
I thought about what possible motive could be behind this type of attack on innocent people....Was the idea to inject fear into a situation where excitement and celebration should reign? Would this attack deter people from running or attending this race in the future?
I contemplated these questions for a little while and asked myself ...how did all this affect my desire to run?
I realized how greatly it has changed the meaning for me of what it is to be a runner. Not only has it given me a deeper appreciation, greater confidence, and a stronger pull to be a runner than ever before, but it made me want to run with purpose- ultimately to encourage my friends and family to use running as an avenue to uncover the power of self they hold inside. I want to share the sport I love so dearly with as many people as possible, because for me, running gives me courage, and it gives me strength and I no longer want to selfishly keep this bundle of emotions to myself. I know its possible to reach any goal you may have for yourself-whether that be a 5k, 10k, a full marathon or any distance in between. And my hope is that in the process you gain so much more than fitness, but also a new frame of mind that allows you to see that all things are possible.
Join us in accepting the challenge to “Run for Boston!” Choose any race, any time, any where! Officially dedicate the race in support of the victims, in solidarity to the running community and to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.
Want in? Email a photo of you in your running shoes to email@example.com letting us know you have accepted the challenge. Keep us updated on your training and let us know why YOU run. Help us reach our goal of 100 races completed by April 21st, 2014!!!
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