Boston’s Run to Remember

By: - Monday, Jun 2, 2014 - 11:56am

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The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner’s Club in cooperation with Boston Athletic Association, organized Boston’s Run To Remember on May 25, 2014 to honor Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community.

Around 12,000 runners pounded the streets of Boston on Sunday, with authorities keeping all 13.1 miles of the course absolutely safe. No backpacks were allowed — only clear bags — police were thorough and safety procedures were followed meticulously.

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Many of us were left wondering why so many bother running 5 or more miles, pushing themselves and bodies to the limits. The feeling of conquering the world, at least for a moment, will do as an answer, but I feel there is more to it. Let’s put aside the “building up my endurance” and “getting in a good shape” reasons and go deeper: This half marathon refreshed my memory of what it feels like not to give up. I was there as a volunteer handing out medals at the finish line, and if any of you have ever volunteered in such an event, you would agree with me that the feedback is impalpable.

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Runners of all ages sunk to their knees,  exhausted and out of breath, but still feeling like they were on cloud nine after finishing. A man in his 50’s approached the medal line and as I placed the medal around his neck, he whispered, obviously emotional, that nine months ago they gave him three months to live. And.. there he was. At the finish line, standing, being and hoping for more races to come.

My point is, there is always a reason never to give up. And I mean it from all perspectives. Some need to listen to a bell, some don’t, but it’s always worth trying. Through life-changing events, it’s inevitable to take a leap of faith. Correct me if I’m wrong.