Confession: I don’t get the hype about Boston.
(Go ahead and amass your mad rant in the comments now. It’s cool. I’ll wait.)
But really, what’s the big deal? Is it elitist thing with qualifying? Is it the history of the race itself? Tell me, because I don’t get it.
And before you go crazy on me, yes, I’ve been there to see it. I’ve cheered for my aunt who ran. It was…like most other marathons. Except for one thing.
Standing around near the finish, I heard a lot of things that made me sad. From more than one person, runners and cheerers alike, came the comment:
“Oh, they didn’t qualify. They’re on a charity team.”
Not once, not twice, multiple times from multiple people.
I was disappointed to hear this from runners and non-runners alike as I wandered around Boston the weekend of the marathon. Who puts down charity runners? I mean, seriously?!?! These people have no soul.
That’s when I lost any desire I had to run Boston.
I’ve run 6 marathons for Team Fisher House and am proud to have done so. I don’t think there’s any shame at all in running for a charity team. I would never look down on someone running for something more than his/herself. I think it’s admirable.
It’s not like Boston has a great history, either.
I get that it’s prestigious and maybe that draws some people. But what about the rest? I would really like to know, those of you have been or are hell-bent on getting there…
Now go out and run!