The tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon affected everyone, runner or not. And the response of those showing support for Boston has been enormous. As a community, runners are strong and resilient, but we are also incredibly supportive and giving. Lastweek, an amazing member of that running (and blogging) community, Brian [Pavement Runner] called out to runners from around the country to get together and show our support in the best way we know how. By running. Running to remember and to forget. Running for those who ran on April 15th, 2013 and for those who may never run again.
So last night I joined 300ish of my fellow NYC runners to participate in #BostonStrongNYC (organized by Abby). We met up at Tavern on the Green and after a few encouraging words and a moment of silence, we were off to run!
I ended up running two lower loops of the park, chatting with runners friends and ending back by Tavern on the Green, where everyone began creating a "finish line" to cheer each other on. Amazing.
It was so heartwarming to be surrounded by runners of all shapes and sizes, all showing their support for those affected in Boston. Each and every time I go for a run, participate in a race or meet a fellow runner I feel so proud to be a part of this running community. And last night was no exception. Running just makes my heart happy.
|These ladies also make my heart happy. |
Photo credit: Kristin
Share your runner love with me! Did you participate in #BostonStrong in NYC or your hometown? Or just enjoy a quiet reflective run on your own? Tell me!