My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured at the Boston Marathon, as well as their families, and everyone involved in helping people during the aftermath.
As a person, I’m hung up on how stupid and heartbreaking of an act this was. Incidents like this happens in other parts of the world daily, and even though our country’s endured some pretty terrible events, we’ve been fortunate not to encounter too many of these particular sorts of tragedies.
As a runner, the only kind of concerns you should have on race day are those related to your endurance and fitness levels, your determination, and your overall race preparedness. The idea of violence and destruction at any racing event should not have to be in anyone’s mind.
Additionally, I hope this doesn’t discourage people from running, and I hope it doesn’t scare spectators away from cheering on runners at races. The support always helps.