April 15, 2013
The Boston Marathon has been run annually since 1897, the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the one of the best known road races in the world. On this global stage, Boston has been recognized for its history, prestige, and pride in the city as well as the people who live in it. Since 1969, Patriots’ Day has given public schools in Massachusetts and Maine the day off on the third Monday in April, as well as marking the running of the Boston Marathon. This has become a day of celebration, excitement, support for family and friends running in the race, and the race itself gives recognition to current events such as the shooting in Newtown, CT just four months ago. Patriots Day, a day once full of parties, celebrations, excitement, is now a day that may live in infamy.
Two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two other bombs were located and dismantled before detonation near the JFK Public Library. Three dead, 130 injured, and millions left in fear. This act of terror, domestic or not, is going to not only potentially change foreign policy and national security, but affect the way that America manages sporting events.
From collegiate to minor leagues to the professional level, most stadiums and arenas in the United States require some kind of search whether it be a metal detector scan, pat-down, or bag check. The security level of stadiums and arenas across the nation is going to be greater than ever, especially when it comes to outdoor events that require temporary tents, booths, decor and seating because of the easy access.
Authorities are debating whether or not to cancel the London Marathon, which is scheduled for April 21, because of what happened in Boston this weekend. The fear that our world now lives in every day because of acts of terrorism like this have now even invaded the one thing that the people of this planet have held sacred, and one of the few places where they have felt completely safe outside of their own home since September 11. Sports. Where people can drop virtually all responsibility they have, grab a few friends, go to a game, and cheer on your favorite team.
Where is this attack going to leave the world of sport as a nation? As a planet? Scared. Wherever we go we will now think of that possibility of being attacked and killed in a place that should otherwise be nothing more than a place of entertainment with friends and family. This attack will provoke changes in security at every professional and semi-professional stadium and arena in the United States and maybe even elsewhere in the world.
I don’t know that anyone can call hit or miss on this post, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say this event definitely hit America and its people deep.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were killed, injured, their families, and the city of Boston.