Boston Marathon – What Can I Do to Help?
UPDATE: T-Shirt Challenge – Days 72 & 73
We are extending the T-Shirt Challenge through July 4th!
I am traveling a lot right now so uploading is delayed, but the Challenge is still going!
As a show of support for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack, I am going to wear a different community run event shirt each day from
April 22nd – June 17th (Bunker Hill Day – Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
If you would like to follow my progress, check this blog for updates or follow me on twitter. @SchoolTraining #tshirtchallenge.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.
I am a runner. I typically go for training runs in the early mornings or late evenings. I participate in events large and small. Until the other day, the only thing I really feared during training was the possibility of being hit by a car. On race-days, my wife and I are usually only fearful of dehydration. All of this is different now. It has taken me a few days to even be able to wrap my head around what occurred at the Boston Marathon. I cannot look at my running shoes without thinking about the victims. From now on, it will be hard to run in a large event without thinking, “What if?”
When I first heard about the explosions, I started following the news feeds. I saw the photos; I watched the videos; I listened to speculation; I heard conspiracies. I read Facebook messages, Twitter posts, and blogs. I am following the ongoing investigation. I have been at a loss as to what I can actually do to help.
What can I do? How can I help?
I will donate blood.
I will donate money.
I will continue to support the community running events large and small.
I will keep a watchful eye of my surroundings.
I will report suspicious actions.
As a show of support for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack, I am going to wear a different community run event shirt each day from April 22nd – June 17th (Bunker Hill Day – Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
A friend came up with this challenge and pledged a dollar a day to charity for each consecutive day I wear a different shirt.
I hope my readers, followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and others are inspired act in a positive way in the wake of this terrorist attack.
If you choose to donate in any way, donate to well-established national or regional charities who are promoting relief efforts. Beware of bogus Boston Marathon charity websites!
As always, thank you for reading and stay safe on the roads!