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Today, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, I’m thinking of the victims - the three who died, the 260 injured. I’m thinking of a great race, one of the best in the world, sullied by the shadow of violence. I’m thinking of a great city, thrown into pandemonium as the killers were hunted door to door.

But mostly I’m thinking of the bravery and compassion shown by the many runners, race observers and first responders who selflessly jumped into action to help the wounded.

I’m thinking of the hundreds and even thousands of Boston doctors, nurses,  hospital staff, police, construction workers and more who dedicated endless extra hours to helping the injured, catching the bombers, and repairing the city.

I’m thinking of the thousands of families and communities that came together to deliver support, resources and anything needed. 

Bostonians are defined by a mix of New England pragmatism, intelligence, and local pride. Boston is the last city to attack if the goal is paralysis by fear. Boston Strong indeed.

Likewise, you seriously cannot defeat marathon runners. They are people who have trained their mind, body and soul toward one end, one goal. It says everything that many of last year’s runners (even those injured) are doing what marathon runners do: counting down the miles, keeping their pace, running again, and planing several races ahead.

Here’s to Boston. Here’s to the 2014 Boston Marathon. Here’s to the joy and freedom of running, forever.

The Boston Globe’s Geoff Edgers and Darren Durlach profile five runners who were nearing the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off, and follow up with them on their trips back to the city to complete the race.



On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

Moving. Always, #bostonstrong