Marathon

For the first time in over thirty years, I missed the Boston Marathon. I missed my street being closed off, I missed the early morning quiet transforming into a carnival-like day. I missed people setting up lawn chairs on the side of Comm. Ave, the balloon and food vendors, the music, the joy. We have timed our crossing of the route to see friends (you don’t want to ever interfere with the runners – it takes strategy and a little fleetness of foot). We have watched for the Hoyts, the front runners, and the funny outfits. We have yelled ourselves hoarse for teams. Family and friends have run the race over the years, we have made signs, scanned the crowd for them and cheered madly as they went by.

Next year we will be there for the 118th Boston Marathon.

Now, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and all of the wonderful people of Boston.

MARATHON FAMILY INFO LINE: 617-635-4500

BOSTON POLICE “TIPS” TOLL FREE LINE: 800-494-8477

RED CROSS ‘SAFE AND WELL’ IS ACTIVE. INDIVIDUALS CAN REGISTER THEMSELVES AS SAFE OR SEARCH FOR LOVED ONES AT

REDCROSS.ORG/SAFEANDWELL.

GOOGLE HAS SET UP A PERSON FINDER FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON EXPLOSIONS AT

HTTP://GOOGLE.ORG/PERSONFINDER/2013-BOSTON-EXPLOSIONS.

AMTRAK IS RUNNING WITH USUAL SCHEDULE.

LOGAN AIRPORT IS OPEN.

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