When I ran the Honolulu Marathon this past December, I did so to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the whole race was an amazing experience.
So many people came up and gave me a shaka, a pat on the shoulder or just a few words that inspired me to not give in even though I was running on multiple blisters on both feet.
I knew I could rest once I finished, but four families eventually lost their loved ones and hundreds more were injured, so there was no way I was quitting.
One man even hugged me at the end and said the words on the back of my shirt inspired him to keep going – and I never knew he was behind me.
(If interested, below is the Boston Marathon Tribute Video linked to my Boston Strong badge on my home page since the bombings. Now that the Marathon has once again taken place, I'll remove the main link later today.)
As the city, and its people, moves forward, I pray that today’s Boston Marathon, with 36,000 runners - the second highest attendance ever - will be a regular old marathon, full of laughter, relief and simple tears of joy at the finish line.
We, the people stand undefeated.
They, the survivors - and the first responders - are the heroes.
Him, the bomber… may he be held responsible by a jury and a judge.
Us... let us all please never forget the victims...
|Krystle Campbell (29)|
|Lingzi Lu (23)|
|Martin Richard (8)|
|MIT Police Officer Sean Collier (27)|