This year’s Boston Marathon will be forever remembered in a way no one ever expected.
The news so far: 2 bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon, seconds apart. It was about 4 hours and 10 minutes into the race. Two people have been killed, one of them was only 8 years old. Hundreds are injured and several people lost their limbs. Cell towers are off to prevent any further cell phone-activated bombs.
This is the longest running marathon in the US and has so much heart. Many charities participate including Team Hoyt–today was supposed to mark the 31st time Dick Hoyt pushed his son, Rick, who has cerebral palsy, across the finish line. It is heroic acts like this that have defined this race for over 100 years. Today’s tragedy brings our hearts together, across the nation and around the world.
We were supposed to be remembering Boston’s heart today, as it unveiled the statue of Team Hoyt at the starting line. I think this is a symbol we should all remember and take with us. It’s heart, spirit and love that brought us to the Boston Marathon. And its heart, spirit and love that will bring us together, support and care for each other.
Team Hoyt announced on their Facebook Page that the entire team is ok. Google set up Person Finder for the race if you are trying to get in touch with a loved one. For now, I am happy to report that all the groups who are safe and accounted for:
Austism Speaks and Boston Beauties and Team Hoyt are all accounted for:
I will update this list and the Facebook Page as I can. Feel free to contact me if you have any news.
My heart goes out to all the families of those in Boston. I hope the worst you have to experience is worry and that your loved ones will come home to you soon.