As Helen Keller once said, “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Yesterday’s tragedy shook our community to the core, causing many of us to feel helpless and disoriented as we tried to contact our loved ones and ensure the safety of our friends running the Boston Marathon. We huddled together outside neighboring restaurants and on dorm room floors watching news coverage of the explosions, trying to make sense of what our eyes were seeing. With each passing minute we grew more and more frustrated with the fact that we couldn’t physically tend to the wounded or run to the nearest hospital to donate blood. The five miles distancing us from the scene of the tragedy had never felt so close yet so far at the same time.
But what about the confusion and exasperation felt by the thousands of runners who were stopped only a few minutes from the finish line? What about the working father who rose each morning at dawn to get in a long run before heading off to work or the mother of four who got up in the frigid temperatures to train before seeing her children off to school? What about your roommate whom you watched come back from those draining runs day after day, month after month this grueling winter? How do you think these athletes feel after pushing their bodies to the absolute extremes only to be stopped short with finish line in sight?
Instead of letting this act of terror instill fear in their hopeful spirits, Boston College students have opted to show the world why they refer to themselves as “men and women for others.” Students Dani Cole and Michael Padulsky have organized a walk to honor all affected by this senseless act of violence and according to the event’s Facebook page more than 14,000 people are attending. Amidst reports that the city of Boston may ask the students to not hold this walk due to the possibility of obstructing the efforts of investigators, no official statement has been released.
Therefore as it stands, this Friday April 19th at 4:30pm thousands will walk the final five miles from St. Ignatius Church at Boston College to the finish line in Boston to stand united as one. They will walk to remember, honor and stand up for those who did not get to finish, for those who were injured, and for those who lost their life that day. Boston will join together to show that only we decide when our marathon ends.