|Standing amongst the flurry of activity at the Boston Marathon finish line pre-race.|
Just a few days ago the town of Blacksburg and local Hokies gathered together for a 3.2 Run For Remembrance some nine thousand people strong. They gathered to run together, celebrate life, vitality and triumph over the evil that injured our spirit but certainly did not kill it. It was an incredible display of the power of community and strength in numbers and I could not be more proud to be a Hokie.
We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.
|Unity. 3.2 Run for Remembrance 2014. Photo by Virginia Tech.|
|How can you not feed uplifted by this photo? The start of the 3.2 Run for Remembrance 2013. Photo by Jim Stroup.|
Similarly, today the town of Boston will gather together along with 36,000 plus marathon runners to celebrate another story of triumph. Yes, today runners will dig within themselves to conquer the obstacles they face and achieve personal athletic victories, but each runner that crosses the finish line will also serve as a demonstration of triumph over evil and a celebration those whose who are unable to participate. We Run Together is not only symbolic of the powerful bond that unites runners everywhere, but also of the power of unity in making a difference, turning a negative event into an overwhelmingly positive display of love, compassion, perseverance and togetherness. We run together for those who no longer can.
|Celebrating and remembering 4 people whose lives were cut short, and countless others who were injured.|
|Hokies Runners United!|
|I have my sign ready to be put to work out on the course!|
I've enjoyed this trip thus far and all of the excitement that surrounds the event, but to be honest, last night also included a few tears of sadness as my dad and husband made their final race preparations. It's bittersweet to be here and NOT be racing knowing how hard I've worked to earn a spot on that starting line, knowing that the plan was to come so that WE could RUN TOGETHER and how close I was to gaining entry :'( But there are lessons to be learned in everything and President Obama said it best with his memorial speech after last year's Boston Marathon: