McGillivray and Grilk know that the Boston Marathon will forever be associated with the bombing. They don’t see the tragedy as an attack on the Marathon or the larger running community.
“I look at the attack as an attack on Boston, an attack on all of us,” said Grilk. “The most important legacy impact of that is the strength, the unity of the reaction of everybody in Boston. Someone in the Globe wrote of this as erasing the scars of the 1970’s, the racial strife of the time. This attack on the city, as horrible as it was, shows the strength of the people who live here. They have resilience.”
There is no timetable yet for the size of the 2014 Boston Marathon or how the B.A.A. will deal with marathoners who didn’t finish, whether they will be given entry into next year’s race or have their times extrapolated for 26.2 miles. McGillivray and Grilk did say that they expect the registration schedule to remain the same with the race opening to qualifiers in mid-September.