The finish line of the Boston Marathon is a place reserved for heroes. It’s a place for the selfless who run 26.2 miles to raise money for charity. It’s a place for those with hearts of gold who train for months on end to honor loved ones. It’s a place for the average Janes or Joes who challenge themselves to meet a seemingly impossible goal. It is no place for you.
The finish line of the Boston Marathon is a place where we celebrate perseverance and resilience. It is not a place you can destroy.
We will mourn for those who died and were injured today but we will not let this day become about you. Instead, it will be about the heroes at today’s finish line, the spectators, volunteers, runners and emergency responders who rushed toward the danger to help the injured.