Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the once again beautifully sunny, blue skied, cool and calm island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Monday, the 21st day of April, 2014, “Patriot’s Day” here in Massachusetts, a state holiday for most, as we all get ready to witness the running of the 118th Boston Marathon–the elite runners scheduled to take off in an hour from now, starting 26.2 miles west of the finish line in the back bay of the town I used to call home. Working on the 37th floor of the gorgeous John Hancock Tower, the major sponsor for the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world, I have enjoyed this event very much. Like the Olympics, it brings athletes and tourists from all over the globe, celebrating by overcoming the challenge of a brutal race, culminating in the traditional Red Sox game around 1 p.m., the race over for the winner, but just beginning for most like me who run a 10 minute mile.
Of course the race was marred by the bombings last year, but that has only made Boston Strong stronger, 7,000 more runners participating today, a total of 36,000 strong! With mild, sunny, weather–little to no wind, 0 % chance of rain (or snow)–it should be a fun day for all to enjoy and for some, heal. No where in the country is the message of unity more evident than in Boston. Of course, this is where it all started, 240 plus years ago, when Paul Revere rode through the gas lit town on a steed warning “…the British are coming, the British are coming!” Boston IS the heart and soul of this nation, a city that wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve, stating quite clearly that you can knock us down, but we will get up and become stronger than we were before. I pray it’s a good race, without incident, and everyone involved has a good time. That’s what it’s all about. Have a great day and week ahead folks, remembering that we truly all do ‘run together’ and we are all Boston Strong.
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M