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Showing posts from April 15, 2007

Mourning with VT

The day David, I and 23,000 others ran the Boston Marathon, ChoSeung-Hui shot and killed 33 Virginia Tech students and faculty and then turned a gun on himself. The victims were of different races, ages and from several different countries. They represented the hope we share as Americans.

President Bush said on Tuesday, "They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time." I would rather say, "They were in the right place at the wrong time." Those killed, beginning with Emily Hilscher, were where they were supposed to be: in a dorm room or classroom pursuing or guiding others in higher education, which would potentially result in jobs and a better way of life for them all. They were doing the right thing in the right place at the right time according to our cultural values. The only one in the wrong place and the wrong time was Seung-Hui, and that is where the struggle arises for us all.

"How can a disturbed student like Seung-Hui stay in school, get a gun a…

We finished

It was not a spectacular finish, but we finished. Wind, rain, and cold hampered our progress, but we ran through it all and enjoyed the post-marathon meal of cheeseburger and fries at a near-by pub.

Here's a live action scene from the course (you can see the wonderful weather and wet street!)and David and me at mile 17.

Tracy tracked us down on the course, and here is the happy couple.
Two years ago it was the second warmest conditions for the marathon and this one had to be among some of the worst conditions...wonder when we'll get the good one? Headed home about noon EDT and will be happy to tell you how we ran it two feet of snow, with hurricane force winds, and uphill all the way...

Sunday in Boston

Spent the afternoon seeing where Tracy Chisum grew up in Wayland. Here's a picture of the house she grew up in.

We also rode the route of the marathon. Here's me at the start in Hopkinton and the geese who will be the only ones running in this weather tomorrow!