It’s been 3 months since the Boston Marathon and the memories are still so vivid.
Hyland’s Masters Athletes Mike Ehredt and Michelle Jezycki, and some runners from the Another Mother Runner community, share their thoughs on what it means to run for a cause, reflecting back on the events of this year’s Boston Marathon and sharing a positive perspective.
Why do you run? And what is it about the Boston Marathon that makes it such an honorable event to run in?
One woman explained how running to her is about setting goals and doing things I never thought I could do. “And Boston is the ultimate runners goal.”
Michelle explains how there are people cheering on people whom they don’t even know. Mike also described it as, “A standing ovation for you for 26 miles.”
Running for a Cause
Mike talked about what it means to him to run for a cause. “When you do it for a cause, it elevates the amount of drive and motivation that gets you down the road. Because then it no longer becomes about you; it becomes about that cause.”
Another woman said her motivation for running was for her mother who passed away for cancer. “It’s a very emotional thing for me. I carry a piece of her with me every time I go out for one of my races.”
A Positive Perspective
“Light can turn to dark so fast. But I think you shouldn’t forget the reason you’re out there. Don’t let that negative, violent side of the world diminish the role you played that day. And the role you played in that day might have been a high-five with a child…You played an important role in that day, and you gave a positive outlook to so many people on the course.” -Mike
“It most definitely strengthened the running community; it already has. Because runners are strong, runners are dedicated, feisty, and we’re going to work through this. And they’re going to be back in droves next year.” -Michelle
The strength of runners around this nation will help bring the light back. By joining together, running for a cause, and ultimately, running for each other, darkness will no longer remain. Be hopeful, and be there and do that.