At Boston Marathon finish, a dreadful feeling returns

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013
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At day’s start, we were busy worrying about North Korea’s possible missile launch. But now we had been hit in the gut on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day, the Boston holiday that marks the opening battles of the Revolutionary War. Not to be confused with Patriot Day, the national day of remembrance that Sept. 11 is now called.

Once again, we all feel assaulted.

“It just shows how sporting events are vulnerable,” said Harvey Greene, the Dolphins senior vice president for media relations, a recreational runner who last ran the Boston Marathon in 2001. “With a stadium, you can have metal detectors and screening, but with a marathon that stretches 26.2 miles over city streets, it’s hard to make it totally secure.”

As a former sportswriter who’s covered the Olympics and Super Bowls, I always wondered if somebody would again try to hijack a grand sports stage for twisted purposes. We saw it in Munich in 1972, with Israeli athletes held hostage and killed at the Summer Olympics. Never again, we had hoped.

As someone who went to college in Boston and once covered the race as an intern for the Boston Globe, I remember what a fun day Marathon Monday was, second only to St. Patrick’s Day on the local calendar.

They’ll run again, and drink again, and laugh again in Boston on Patriots’ Day.

But on Monday, there were only tears.

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