Image from 1st Place Sports Running
A week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the running community got together to honor the victims of that tragic day the best way they know how. They ran. Running stores, groups, and organizations around the nation got together on the first Monday after the Marathon to show the solidarity that running brings to the world. I joined in on the statement from the running community and jumped in on the run with the running store that I frequent – Runners High N Tri in Arlington Heights. The store’s Facebook page created an event and by the looks of the responses, there was going to be about a dozen or so people in attendance. Now since I am a much slower runner, I was worried that the other 15 people would be too fast to catch. I dropped my wife off at a diner by there so she can start on dinner while I ran and turned the corner and saw this:
This was obviously more than the 15 people that accepted the Facebook invite. The owner of the store Mark Rouse stated that there was about 250 people that came out to show their support of Boston. In talking about the great turnout of the quickly scheduled run, Mark said, “Blessed to be part of a running community that comes together in a time of need. Shows that there is so much good in people.”
Me and Mark Rouse (Owner of Runners High n Tri)
In the wake of a senseless act of violence, we have found comfort in each other and will continue to look for ways to help and show our support. As runners, we run past each other on the street or a path and we commonly give the motivating nod to one another. That nod used to represent the camaraderie amongst runners. Now, this a nod of admiration to each other for being brave enough to continue to run for those who cannot run for themselves.
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