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Tech community aims to raise $50,000 for victims of Boston Marathon bombs

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 16, 2013 10:41 AM

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As I said last night on Twitter, Boston is a city that fights injustice, promotes enlightenment, and celebrates athletic achievement. Yesterday's attack on the innocent people who stood cheering on the runners of the 117th Boston Marathon changes none of that.

We've all been looking at pictures and videos of what happened. It's hard to avoid. It's hard to believe this happened in our city, full of students, educators, healers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

But there are also photos of the race that show it for what it has been for more than a century, and what it will continue to be in the future: one of our city's rites of spring, a celebration of life and endurance, a race that so many run to raise money for a cause, or in honor of someone else.

Next year, I hope that the entire city will find a way to run, walk, or bike the course... or cheer as spectators... because the marathon is now a bigger part of our city's soul than it ever was before.

The non-profit Technology Underwriting Greater Good started to raise money online yesterday for those injured and killed in the two Back Bay blasts. You can donate here.

(The picture above was taken by the Boston Globe's Dina Rudick.)

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