Reports are coming out about a pair of explosions rocking the finish line area of the Boston Marathon. We’ll have to wait to know more of what happened.
When I was a kid, we happened to be visiting in Boston the day of the Marathon. It was easy to get near the finish line and watch the runners cross it.
Many of the runners collapsed in exhaustion, but a team from Japan had a different twist. After each of their members finished the race, the ran over to a stage, hopped up on it, and began drumming. They kept this going while more of their team finished.
It was a remarkable display of energy (we were tired just making our way around town and to the top of the Hancock building).
Years later, I lived in Boston and its suburbs. As a local, the Marathon was more of something to be avoided as a bit of a tourist trap. There were better ways to spend Patriots Day than with crowds and delays.
The Marathon, though, is one of those epic races, and runners look to it the way mountain climbers view Everest or biker riders view the Tour de France. It attracts people from all over the globe, each trying their best to navigate the hills that lead them into the city.
Early reports from Boston say people were hurt in explosions today. That’s not what the Marathon is, or should be known for.