Paul Hayes of The Caledonian Record writes about our recent run in support of Boston.
by Paul Hayes Staff Writer, The Caledonian Record
Nate Snow wanted to help.
Following last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured over 180, Snow organized Run for Boston, as a show of support for the victims of the attacks and the spectators, runners and residents who were also affected.
Snow said Run For Boston was intended to “let the world know that we care and that peace, love, connection and the power of sport is stronger than any violent act.”
Nearly 50 turned out for the Run For Boston at 8:30 a.m. Sunday despite freezing temperatures and snow flurries. It was held at the White Mountain School, where Snow is the athletic director. Participants had their choice between a three and five mile course and many wore blue and yellow, the colors of the Boston Marathon. Some pushed strollers, a couple of youngsters rode bikes.
Similar events have been held worldwide, including runs in St. Louis and San Francisco that combined to draw nearly 1,000 people.
Snow said it was heartwarming to see “everyone getting up early on a Sunday morning to do something positive to show that the power of sport and the power of community can triumph over acts of violence.”
Sandra Laflamme of Monroe was among the Run For Boston participants. Last week she crossed the Boston Marathon finish line 14 minutes before the bombings occurred and said she was “still feeling in shock from the whole thing.” She took part in Run For Boston because, she said, “it’s important to get together and remember all the people that have been affected by this. And to stand strong. And to make sure we don’t let this affect us and let this control us.”
Laflamme was joined at Run For Boston by Bridget Ferrin-Smith of Barnet, Vt.
Ferrin-Smith ran the Boston Marathon in 2007 and recalled crying tears of joy when she crossed the finish line. She described it as a once-in-a-lifetime event. However, after what happened last week, she’s considering a return trip, in order to run alongside Laflamme, who qualified for next year’s race.
“If I re-qualify I’ll run it with [Laflamme],” said Ferrin-Smith. “I’d love to run it again.”