A week after the Boston Marathon attack, our entire organization got together for a moment of silence and then posed for this photo. It was shared via social media, and although it was a photo I did not take, I was proud to be a part of it. (I am 4 or 5 people down from the top of the “1″.)
I had several co-workers who were running the marathon the day of the bombings - some of them were right near the finish line, and some of their friends and family were in the stands near where the bombs went off. Physically speaking, they all made it out OK. Their emotional wounds will take a while longer to heal though, I think. Still, everyone considers themselves extremely lucky and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were not as fortunate.
Most of the people I know who ran this year will be running again next year, and I will be cheering them (and everyone else) on.