Marathons Should Still Inspire

Boston horror shouldn't cause loss of faith in human nature: Ezra Klein

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 11:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Boston Marathon bombing has shaken America, but it shouldn't shake people's faith in human solidarity, which is at its best at marathons, writes Ezra Klein in the Washington Post. He points to the story of 1967 Boston Marathon runner, Kathrine Switzer, as recounted in The Nation. Women weren't allowed to run the race at the time, but the men running around Switzer fought off a marathon director who attempted to manhandle her out of the race when she was five miles in. "If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon," she later said.

"If you are losing faith in human nature, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon," Klein writes, noting the Red Cross website broke under the weight of donations and runners are pledging to run future races. "This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible," he writes. Click for Klein's full column.

Runners approach the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon.
Runners approach the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Like a scar across someone’s face, the bombing will now be a part of the Boston Marathon, but also like a scar, we have to remember it’s only a part. - Dave Zirin, The Nation

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