April has significance in the running community every year because of the iconic Boston Marathon.  This year, the significance is so much greater and the nearing race is pulling at my heart. The tragedy last year hit home in so many ways.

Running, training, being outdoors, racing, all of those things are sacred to me.  The spirit is positive and uplifting. The community is supportive and encouraging.  We are all part of a shared experience while each trying individually to attain health or push personal bests.  When someone intrudes on that, or damages that, I feel violated.

But last year was much more than taking something away from the runners.  At every single race I have ever been part of, there has been someone cheering me on. Family has flown across the country to be with me when I race.  My husband and children are almost always near the finish waiting to see me cross the line.   The fact that race supporters were also targeted at last year’s race as well does more than cross a line.  That oversteps every boundary I know.

And in case you want to remember all those affected, the list of everyone hurt can be found here.

Anyone who wants to be part of running in Boston but are not Boston qualifiers this year, there is a mobile app where you can

  • Pledge to run, walk, or wheel any distance, and complete that distance at one time or over several weeks leading up to April 21, 2014
  • Along the way, follow the progress you and your friends’ strive towards your goals
  • Share their World Run through photos, videos, and messages
  • Receive a free race bib, finisher’s certificate and finisher’s medal
  • Keep pace with the latest news and updates from the Boston Marathon, its partners and fans around the globe
  • Make a donation towards One Fund Boston in the amount of your choice
  • Global ambassadors will encourage participation from every corner of the globe to be a part of the Boston Marathon World Run Community

This year, we’re all Boston Marathoners.