Let’s Do This The Right Way


It has been truly remarkable seeing the reactions of Bostonians, and non-Bostonians, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The stories of people helping people under the worst of circumstances are countless and inspiring.  Everyone is looking for a way to honor those in the bombing and, in many respects, the day itself, but we have got to do it in the right way.

In the rush to put together commemorative events, including running/walking the last 5 miles of the course (which I understand has now been postponed), rerunning the entire Boston Marathon course, and walking in the last mile, I strongly feel that the best of intentions and noblest of thoughts have obscured careful consideration of the reality of the situation we are faced with.  As I understand it, the Boston Police Department has asked that these events not take place right now.  They are not city-sanctioned and do not have the proper permits.  This would be a concern for events of the planned magnitude at any time and it is especially worrying at this time.  The investigations are obviously still continuing, there are police officers and soldiers with machine guns lining our streets and guarding our hotels.  Let’s not take their focus away from their all-important task by crowding the streets with thousands, or even dozens of people, however well-intentioned they may be.

I’m not saying don’t go out and run/walk.  I’m not even saying don’t run as a group.  What I am saying is please reconsider any sort of mass activity along the marathon course and certainly in the vicinity of Copley Square.  I am 100% certain there will be an event in the near future that has the support of the BPD and the City.  Be patient, keep your spirits up and keep supporting each other.  The time will come for us all to band together and show our support for the fallen, the wounded, and the thousands who could not cross the finish line on Patriot’s Day.  Let’s just make sure that, when that time comes, we do so the right way.

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