Very unfortunate and tragic events occurring in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.
Hearing about potential "devices" at JFK Library now as well. What the hell is wrong with people? I understand that we live in a very screwed up world, but events like this just make me sick and give me no hope for humanity moving forward. Even though I imagine the good people in this world outweigh the bad, it only takes one sick bastard to ruin the lives of so many other people. I am not saying these events were carried out by one individual, I'm just venting in general. These disgusting and unnecessary tragedies just make me sick...
As a marathon runner (not fast enough to qualify for Boston) and American this is a national tragedy. I can't imagine the wave of emotions those having just crossed the finish line or coming up on it went through when they found out that some of their fellow runners were hurt or killed by such a senseless act of violence.
My thoughts go out to all the families affected and hope that whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice in the most torturous way possible.
For we Bostonians, it is more than just a race. It is a jubilant event. It is run on Patriots Day which commemorates the Battles at Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775. We are very proud of this day here and the Marathon is a state-wide celebration for Massachusetts. Everyone knows someone who is running and a great many of them are running for charity. Every local channel has TV coverage of the race, an not just the elite athletes, but for everyone. The entire route, from Hopkinton to Boston is lined with supporters cheering on the runners. That is why people love to run Boston, because of the fan support. It can get so loud with cheers that the runners say it is deafening. They run harder and keep going, pushing through pain and exhaustion, because the fans literally lift them to the finish.
My wife and I were tracking two friends that were on track to finish at around the time of the explosions. We were worried sick that they may have been at the finish or that their loved ones were there watching. They both were OK and were stopped just before the finish. An eight year old boy, there to watch his dad run, died. His mother and sister are both gravely injured.
It is a sad, sad day for Boston.
In a really disgusting, tragic, act of cowardice and malice towards innocent people... the shining light in that cloud of darkness was seeing first responders running towards the scene. Not only them, but other bystanders as well. It is really refreshing to see so many people put aside their own fears and act so selfless in a time of need.