Kudos to all involved in capturing the suspect Boston bomber.
It will be interesting to see how this whole sad situation devolved, but the police work that led to the suspect’s capture was nothing short of amazing. The citizens on the street applauding their efforts was greatly inspiring and served many better purposes. I’m glad law enforcement took the accused alive and am very sorry for the victims and their loved ones.
For me, this is a little personal in that qualifying for Boston was an early benchmark in my running career. I first qualified on July 4, 1979, in the Rockford marathon when I was 14, but never had the means to actually run Boston, but really wanted to throughout my early life.
More importantly, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the crowd. For me, races always invoked a much better performance in no small part to crowd participation. Crowds are an integral part of the race experience. I could always rely on a 15 to 20 percent increased performance in a race rather than a workout, just from the crowd and competition. I think any athlete would agree: there’s nothing like a supportive crowd.
To have these guys attack the crowd is an abomination and threat to future participants and observers at any and all mass gathering events, not just the Boston Marathon. Boston’s response was astounding.
This is a good part why I am happy they took the suspect alive and the street crowd cheered the cops’ efforts. Kudos to a job well done; the cops and the crowd!
(former reporter for The Rock River Times)
From the April 24-30, 2013, issue