Over the past few days we have been inundated with devastating images of the senseless tragedy that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We have been paralyzed by fear and heartbreak and anger and sadness. We have cried for the victims and wandered around in the fog of disbelief. We have seen so much tragedy.
These are not those pictures. These are pictures of the our city’s proudest day. Marathon Monday is everything. It’s the most beautiful display of humanity and community this country has to offer. We hug strangers, we run for the love of something bigger than us, we scream for hours to support people we’ve never met, we cry because we are so overwhelmed with joy and pride, we stand or run along a route for 26.2 miles as one big happy family. Hate does not exist on Marathon Monday. This is what it’s all about. This is the courage – the compassion – the community. This is the powerful coming together of strangers in love and support of one another that defines the Boston Marathon.
Thank you to the Mass General Marathon Team, the first responders, EMTS, nurses, volunteers, families, runners, doctors, and the whole Boston Marathon Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
See you next year.
xo, dana + zak