Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together

Reflections on joining together to triumph over tragedy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together
A young race fan waves the American flag near the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Today's Boston marathon is in the books, but what makes the race so special will continue to reverberate beyond today, or even this year. Boston runners and their supporters share their thoughts:

  • "In no other sport do the underwear-wearing elites compete on the same asphalt, at generally the same time, as recreational athletes in tutus and capes," writes Jennifer Graham at the Boston Globe. "The smug may believe Fortune favors the fast, but she smiles upon everyone bold enough to enter the race."

  • In Time, Dave Fortier explains his reasons for taking on the course once again after being injured in last year's attacks."We’re a rag-tag group of runners. Some of us are limping, some walking, some running," he says of his support group. "We are taking back what was taken away from us last year as runners and spectators … and we’re running for those that can’t.
  • "This year’s Boston Marathon theme is #weruntogether, and it could not better embody the spirit of the Boston running community," writes Jalon Fowler in the Globe. "I look forward … to representing my community in a show of solidarity that evil and hate will never win."
(Read more Boston stories.)

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