ABA Journal's New Normal columnist Paul Lippe ran in Monday's Boston Marathon, and posted the worthwhile "Pressing ahead and refusing to be terrorized." An excerpt:
For those who’ve never experienced the Boston Marathon, one of the amazing qualities is the level of civic engagement. First, there’s half a million spectators along the route, ranging from Wellesley students to suburban moms to biker bar patrons, all cheering and supporting the runners. Second, there must be 10,000 volunteers handing out Gatorade and keeping things together. Third, because it requires a fast qualifying time, Boston has many “bandit” runners who are unofficial and by and large a lot slower. The volunteers and spectators are just as gracious to the bandits as the official runners. Fourth, being Boston, there’s a huge presence of doctors and nurses, many of them running to raise money for their institutions and other charities, and there were also several thousand soldiers along the route. Fifth, many runners (especially bandits) are local, but many come from all over the world, and it has a very cosmopolitan feel. And finally, there’s no one who participates who doesn’t feel good about the whole thing.