To all 80 participants plus 7 kiddos that showed up for the #BostonStrongHB run, THANK YOU! Thank you for coming to show support and to honor those effected by the Boston Marathon attack which happened one week ago.
After the news of the Boston Marathon attack settled in I wanted to hug my running family and all those close to me. I needed to run. But not just run alone. I needed to run with others.
There are all kinds of communities and all kinds of families. I’ve known few communities that inflict as much honest positivity for self-improvement as a running community. And on race day, if you’re running my pace, I don’t have to know you to feel connected to you. We’re both running a race, we’re in it together, we’re doing our best, and we are friends in that moment.
This is #BostonStrongHB. Our local community coming together, showing our support for those who ran the Boston Marathon but could not finish, for those who were injured and killed, and also for each other. Though I didn’t personally know half of the people that came, they are friends. We all felt the need to come together. We ran together. We cheered for each other.
There were some folks there tonight who were there last week in Boston, like Brian and Nicole of Cookies on the Run!
There are 120 BostonStrong groups like this meeting to run together all over the world. This idea was originally started by PavementRunner.com. I can’t express how much hope and inspiration I feel knowing that so many communities are coming together to run for Boston.
Our plan for the run was to head south of the pier along the beach path. Since there were so many of us, we ran for time. We headed down the beach path for 15 minutes and then turned around so we could all finish around the same time.
It was awesome to see runners cheering each other in. I didn’t ask them to do it. No one had to ask. This is just how we are when we run together. We may be strangers but we will support each other’s desire to run with shouts and high fives.
Runners gather in solidarity with Boston (Anthony Clark Carpio, Huntington Beach Independent)