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
Runners approach the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(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.

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boxcar
Apr 16, 2013 10:11 PM CDT
K9 patrols using gunpowder sniffing dogs might thwart any would-be bombers from planting explosives along the route of a marathon race. Of course they'd have to be trained but I suspect dogs could sniff out vapors that would emanate from an unsophisticated home made IED. Worth a try and how would a bomber know if a dog would be effective or not? sometimes an oz of prevention works, like Reagan's Star Wars SDI which effectively ended Cold War- hey, we tested nuclear driven lasers at NV test site
Ericg537
Apr 16, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
The website broke? hmmmm ....
HMD-SMD-ITY
Apr 16, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
An Adam Lanza type bomber would love for this to affect other marathons. One of the next majors is the Murrah Memorial Marathon. Because it honors people killed in a bombing, there is a heightened awareness of the people, items, and vehicles near the start and finish areas. Because of this incident, there will be multiple layers of security added to the Murrah and probably ever other major marathon going forward. This incident is very similar to what Joel "Joe" Henry Hinrichs III wanted to do at an OU/Kansas State game in Norman. He had prepared the IED and had it in a backpack. He made a few dry runs on the main gate entrance and retreated. He was sitting on a bus bench near the stadium when he was fumbling with the top of the backpack. He was most likely trying to reset the timer which was fast reaching detonation time. He did not get it reset in time before it blew off his head. Another OU student tried to take two Boston type bombs into Will Rogers Airport. Charles Dreyling, an Aviation Management major, tried to take large explosives into a flight. He had carried the IEDs around the OU campus while attending classes. His frat buddies liked setting them of near the dorm and the Sooner Suites near their frat house. They loved unnerving guests of the OCCE seminars. The biggest would-be bomber at OU was Zacharias Moussaoui the only person on Earth to be convicted for the 9/11 attacks was an OU student in Aviation. He sent the now famous 9/11 email warning to then President Clinton from the OU Bizzell Library. He was not a good student and washed out. Leaving OU caused him to loose his student visa and he was arrested after trying to take classes in Michigan where he was staying with some of the Muslim brothers.