NYC Rallies: Good Triumphs over Evil

New York City Central Park run to remember youngest Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard

April 15th, 2013 is a day I will always remember. I participated in one of the most meaningful expressions of shared humanity Wednesday morning, April 24, a run for the youngest victim of the Boston marathon, 8 year old Martin Richard. Whether you are a runner or not, we are all profoundly touched by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I became a runner 3 years ago and have run 3 marathons. Boston was not on my marathon list before though now it is. Running has changed my life and I am grateful I discovered how much I loved it. It is a gift and a blessing. Now I want to run as long as I can walk. I have been most fortunate to meet several people who have been running for over 30 years and have help me run healthy. Several of my friends were in Boston on April 15th and I will never forget the shock and terror I felt that day.

Last month I joined Ironman Strength for a Cause Committee lead by my friend, Dr. Jordan Metzl, author and sports medicine doctor, Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Metzl leads an Ironman Strength Workout twice a month, one event is free to the public and the other is a fundraiser for an cause determined by the Committee. After the events of April 15th, the Committee mobilized to help and identified a charity dedicated to the Martin Family set up by their neighbors in Dorchester, MA. The extensive injuries incurred by the mother and sister of 8 year old Martin Richard, together with his untimely death is devastating in of itself. We learned more about the family modest means. The knowledge of this families staggering financial burden lead us to focus on raising money for them directly.

In the span of a week, we organized a Run for the Richard family which started with a brief program and ended with a 2 mile run on Wednesday morning, April 24, 6:15AM at the Central Park bandshell. The program included two finishers from the Boston marathon and an inspiring rendition of God Bless America lead by Cassie Silvia, Rock of Ages. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. I was honored to participate in this effort for the Richard family. My heart and prayers goes out to all the victims of the senseless attack on our humanity, on our way of life. I stand with many others in absolute resolve that good will triumph over evil.

To learn more about the marathon for Martin Richard, please click here.