Neece said the difficult past two weeks showed the very worst of human behavior, and the very best. It also evidenced the universal language of running.
Neece said he was with Dimitri Kyriakides, son of Greek running legend and winner of the 50th Boston Marathon Stylianos Kyriakides, when he heard the news of the Marathon bombings.
“Dimitri had two phones, a US phone and an international phone,” Neese said. “Within a minute that international phone started ringing with people calling from overseas inquiring about what had happened.”
“The marathon is the only sport on the planet where ordinary runners can compete at the same venue with the best in the world,” Neese said. “Running is something everyone has done and everyone knows what it feels like to do. . . . Running is an international language.”
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