Today is the third anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon. It is also One Boston Day, and if you think I’m not going to give you several paragraphs worth of feelings with some fervent praise of Body Glide sprinkled throughout well then my friend, you haven’t been getting these emails for very long.
In the immediate aftermath of the bombings three years ago, I don’t remember being angry or scared (although I’m sure I was at least one of those). I just remember quiet, and in that quiet feeling how acutely connected and impossibly grateful I was to the people around me.
That connection is what makes us humans so beautiful, despite our tendency to use hoverboards in malls. When we are hurt, or scared, we find each other. When the fear fades, and sometimes even before, our instinct is to run the people who need us. That’s why on April 15th, 2013 you saw people – not just first responders but spectators – running towards the explosions instead of away. It’s why One Boston Day exists, why Team in Training exists. They give us a way to run toward the people who need us most.
It’s been three years and I am still impossibly grateful for the love and support you’ve given me. Your generosity has allowed me (quite literally) to run toward the people who need our help for going on 11 years now. Because of you, I met my fundraising minimum months ago. Because of you, Zac is well on his way to raising $50,000 and honoring his father’s memory by funding research that will help thousands of others. I know I say thank you every one of these emails, but the amount of gratitude I feel honestly makes my heart so full it hurts.
So before I go into cardiac arrest, let’s talk Body Glide! It is projected to be a chafe-friendly 70-degrees out there on Monday, which means that I will be shimmering my way to the finish line under a protective coating of gloop that would make Slimer green(er) with envy. In addition to a three-inch layer of Body Glide, I will also be sporting a purple singlet and the number 18510 – if you’re going to be on the course, give a holler and let me know where to look! If you aren’t, you can always track me online.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go run around this city and tell it I love it.