The unspeakable events during the 2013 Boston Marathon has sent shockwaves through our strong running community. While there are fewer moments in life more vulnerable than the moment before crossing the finish line of a marathon, the prestigious Boston Marathon held greater importance. Runners trained hard to qualify for Boston, and some traveled great distances to be able to run in this race. The fact that someone stole that moment from runners and the people that attended to support them is senseless. But, our community is a strong one. We are a band of people with great heart, and that will be what carries all of us through. There are ways to help from near and far, so beyond wearing our race shirts, let us support the victims of this event.
Provide any information you might have: Witnesses or those who may have information should call the Boston Police Department (1-800-494-8477). If you have any visual images such as photos or video, or other information that could shed light on the event, call the FBI’s hotline (1-800-CALL-FBI —prompt #3).
Offer housing to someone who is displaced: Google set up a helpful Doc page to organize housing for runners or visitors in town for the Boston Marathon who require an immediate place to stay.
Schedule a time to donate blood in the future: American Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego told NBC news that scheduling a time in the future to donate blood would be the best way to get involved, as there is enough blood to treat victims right now.
Donate Money:You can contribute to The Red Cross disaster fund. Click here for more information: http://rdcrss.org/PSpvi2
The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/Zunx9D
Let us take this opportunity to show gratitude for our health, the joy of running, the people who support us every race, and let us keep all of Boston in our thoughts.
Make your day great,