Run to Remember

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On Sunday, I will be running a half-marathon in Boston – the 9th annual “Run to Remember” organized by members of the Boston Police Department. It is organized as a tribute to fallen officers and raises funds for community and kids programs run by the BPD Running Club. My oldest, M and I will also be volunteering at the pre-race Expo on Saturday. It is our first time volunteering at a race, and I cannot think of a more deserving one.

Not surprisingly, the race has sold out.  I’m glad that I registered early, because the race quickly sold out after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I’m thrilled that so many people are running to show their support, though I of course remain devastated by the events that triggered the quick sell-out.

From the organizers’ website:

As many of you are commenting in the tremendous number of emails we are receiving – This race may be the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the many thousands of first responders, volunteers and marathon organizers who ran towards danger to help others and have continued to do so.

We are receiving emails from across the country with support and even from our troops in Afghanistan who want to run a half marathon on the same day and time as our race – and tweet their results in to us as a sign of solidarity and support for Boston.

This is a testament to our city, to the first responders and to the volunteers who continue to make a difference at this time. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims, all first responders, the volunteers and organizers of the Boston Marathon and all families impacted…Together we are – “Boston Strong”

I love that people all over the world are supporting this – especially the troops in Afghanistan who face their own dangers every day. Amazing.

The race will undoubtedly be an emotional one for me.  Boston will always be my home, regardless of where my mailing address happens to be, and this will be my first time in Boston after the marathon bombings.  The race route passes only a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line. And I can only imagine what poignant tribute the police officers have put together to kick off the event. I’m sure I will be a bawling mess at the start, at the finish and probably at several points in between. Re-reading Colby’s experience in Big Sur, I’m thinking that this may be the first race where I pack tissues along with my Sportsbeans.

I really can’t wrap my mind around all that first responders have had to deal with just in recent years, between terrorist attacks, mass shootings, multiple natural disasters and the “normal” accidents, tragedies and crimes that happen on a daily basis. I get anxious and overwhelmed just thinking about it, and I don’t even have to be on the front lines for these tragedies. It is truly mind boggling, and my heart aches for anyone who has given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

First responders everywhere – I know I speak for many when I say that even if we only get a chance to “run to remember” once a year, we never forget what you do for us each and every day. Thank You.

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4 thoughts on “Run to Remember

  1. I so wish I could be there. I’m not sure “enjoy” is the right word to use here. I guess be fully present and engaged in the moment is more appropriate. It will be an emotional run.

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