And yet runners have this unique sort of solidarity that I haven't found in other sports. The encouragement that runners offer each other, and the encouragement that runners' friends and family give to complete strangers always kind of amazes me. Sometimes it's words, sometimes it's just a smile or a thumbs up or a high-five. Those things can make a world of difference, especially when a race is going badly.
So while I have never run Boston, nor do I know anyone who ran it this year, I still felt the need to write this post. I couldn't just ignore it like it didn't happen. I don't know if this post will make a difference to anyone, but that's not the point. As runners, we support each other.
I will keep the families and friends of the victims in my thoughts, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement, firefighters, and ordinary people who selflessly acted during this tragedy.