One foot in front of the other. It’s how we all learned to walk, run, and push through just about any obstacle life throws your way—you just keep going. So when horror struck the finish line at the Boston Marathon, one of the running community’s most revered events, runners on the scene did just that: They kept going. They ran to hospitals and to their fellow marathoners, they did everything they could to help. Those who weren’t injured in the blasts reportedly used their clothes as tourniquets, carried victims from danger, and even continued running straight to Massachusetts General Hospital, about two miles from the finish line, to donate blood. Within hours, the Red Cross tweeted that their blood bank was full.
Nothing matches the feeling of finishing a race, pushing yourself further than you ever thought possible—and the tragedy of yesterday’s events that left three dead and more than 150 injured won’t take that feeling away from the running community. Something always drives us to lace up and hit the pavement—stress at work, a weight-loss goal, or even chasing that elusive “runner’s high”—and in the wake of Boston, the disaster gives us more reason to keep going. Though it’s easy to get wrapped up in trying to understand why this happened and who was behind it, here at SHAPE, we’re challenging ourselves to focus on why we’re running and who we’re running for. Today, and every day, every mile is for Boston.