|Runners tuning into the tragedy at the nearby Loews Hotel|
Still not knowing anything had happened, I met up with fellow runners at a nearby bar in the Loews hotel to reflect on our races. We were there for a good while before everyone's phones started lighting up with text messages and social media messages asking what had gone wrong. The bar flipped on the events on the T.V. and at that point we were learning of the events like you were. I met a man who was within seven minutes of the blasts. It all seemed surreal. Talk of running turned to anger. A local man cussed at the T.V. that anyone would do this in his city.
|Tense moments after the events|
More details and reports will come out. The initial reports show the first blast originating from Marathon Sports which is an iconic local running store right next to the finish line grandstands. I bought my last minute race supplies there yesterday. My heart goes out to those families affected by this tragedy ironically on Patriot's Day. Patriot's Day commemerates battles of the American Revolutionary War, but symbolizes freedom. Locals in Boston who aren't runners revel in the holiday with the day off, a Red Sox game, barbeques, and lots of beer. Ironic, but perhaps not it would happen on a day symbolizing our freedom.