Because of the symbolism of this attack, I would implore the Boston Athletic Association to let any of the thousands of runners who were stopped on the course during the bombings run down Boylston Street across the finish line once it is no longer a crime scene and deemed secure by authorities.
It would be a symbolic riposte with real meaning. You can slow us down, but you can’t stop us. Athletic events and our lives will not cower to terror. We will keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward.
The Boston Marathon always has been a test and testament of the human spirit, of endurance, a triumph of willpower and determination over pain and distress. My lasting image of the marathon is Uta Pippig pushing through severe intestinal turmoil and bleeding in 1996 to become the first woman to win the race three consecutive times.
It is in the resilient spirit of the Marathon and its participants that we must go on as sports fans and spectators and citizens, showing up to cheer on our athletes, our friends, our family members, our neighbors.
Keep going to games and matches and races, but go on understanding that there is no Toy Department.
Christopher L. Gasper can be reached at email@example.com.