Just Write: Boston will be on the minds of many on Sunday at Pittsburgh Marathon
As I have for the last few years, Sunday morning, I'll wake up early, likely catch the T in Dormont and head into the city for the annual Pittsburgh Marathon.
No, I haven't spent the last several months painstakingly training — coping with injuries, adjusting diets and sleeping schedules or wondering if I've taken on too much.
I guess you could say I'm one of the lazy ones.
I'll be along the route watching as friends and strangers pass by.
For many participants, such as a good friend of mine from Mercer County who will complete her first full marathon following the death of her husband, the marathon will be a major milestone.
For others, it's just another medal to add to the collection stored neatly on a shelf or under the bed.
In the minds of all those participating and spectating likely will be the bombings last month at the Boston Marathon, though.
I've spoken with a few friends participating in Sunday's marathon here and none say the Boston incident has changed their mind about running.
And it hasn't changed my mind about viewing the event Downtown, either.
Along with images of Boston ingrained in my mind, I have images from last year's Pittsburgh Marathon of spectators waving signs proclaiming their support for loved ones and complete strangers, and watching as participants finished the race and were showered with love from those who came to cheer them on.
Maybe most importantly, I watched as runners dealt with their own emotions about finishing such a grueling event.
I don't know what goes into training for a 26.2-mile run. Whatever it is, though, I know that every runner has an army of supporters rooting for them.
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
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