Boston strong

RaceThe bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday hit close to home for me.

I grew up in the heart of the city. I emphasize the “bay” in bagel. I’ve walked down Boylston Street hundreds of times, whether to pick up groceries at Trader Joe’s or to ring in the New Year. I’m a runner. I knew runners in the race and throngs of people cheering on the sidelines. Most of my family lives in Boston. And my family is full of first responders.

When I heard about the explosions on Monday afternoon, I immediately started calling home to make sure everyone was safe. None of my family members had been at the race, but some of them – nurses, police officers and firefighters – were called to work after the bombings. Their stories from the streets and hospitals – stories of gruesome injuries and the kindness of strangers in the face of terror – are both devastating and beautiful.

At the end of the day, I am just thankful for all the ways the explosions didn’t hit close to home. And my heart aches for those who can’t say the same.

I have been dedicating my daily runs to them.

Ryan Polly, a Williston resident who ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday, is planning to do the same on Saturday and has invited any and all to join him in honor of those who were impacted by the events. Runners will congregate in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on the Burlington waterfront at 4 p.m.

“It doesn’t matter how well you run,” Polly noted. “Come run/walk/move in support. Run a mile. Run 10 … Just be there to run in memory of those who were impacted.”

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-Kelly March