Sunday, April 21, 2013

Running to Help



There has been a a lot written about both the horror and the heroism following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The thanks and praise that have gone out to all levels of the law enforcement community is well deserved. The group that my thoughts keep going back to are the marathon participants....the runners. The reported behavior of those whose day, in an instant, went from a day of celebration to a day of devastation is a credit to the running community. Runners who had completed the race ran back to the finish line to offer aid and comfort to the injured. There are reports that their immediate assistance saved lives.  Runners who were denied the ability to complete the race turned and continued running to the nearest hospital to offer blood donations to help the injured.  The runners, as runners often do in races big and small and in less dreadful situations, put their own circumstances aside to come to the aid of fellow runners.

I am not a runner, but I am admire those of my friends and family who are. Several of my grandchildren are aspiring runners. Three of them belong to running clubs at their schools and have participated in various races in our area. These kids may or may not have marathons in their future, but the behavior of those in the running community immediately following the horror in Boston makes me glad that it is a community that they aspire to be a part of.



13 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree. Kudos to those who helped during a time of great need.

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  2. There are some bad people in this world - but there are A LOT MORE GOOD ONES! sandie

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  3. Fred Rogers.."look for the helpers" statement comes to mind. Great to see kids start running races at this age; teaches goal setting. Great post, Jeanie!

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  4. The running community is pretty special. It was quite moving watching our London Marathon yesterday

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  5. Your grandchildren are to be applauded for being part of this unique group. This horrible event has served as inspiration for many.

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  6. I have seen that Mr. Rogers quote about "look for the helpers" a few times since the bombing, and it is comforting to know that so many people came to the aid of others.

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  7. Indeed. I was so impressed by their dedication -- they had to be exhausted, getting through 25 or so miles only to not finish -- but I'd say they finished in style. Trhee cheers to them. Yes, the helpers are really the ones that matter at a time like this.

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  8. You are so right, Jeannie. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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  9. I take my hat off to anyone who does a marathon-- the hours of training and dedication they put into it.

    And this group of Boston runners... My heart is with them for their courage on such an incredibly scary day.

    Big sigh. xo jj

    PS High five to your grands for running! That's awesome.

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  11. Your grands look like happy runners! Many of my family and friends run. I had friends in Boston for the marathon. The good done by average people is what gives me hope.

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