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We will run together.

by leandre on April 18, 2013 · 1 comment

in 2013 Marathon Updates,News,Notes from the Station

If this were any normal Thursday, we would be announcing a GIVEAWAY in this space. But there is nothing about this week that is normal. Our lives, our industry, our sport changed forever on Monday, April 15.

Since the tragedy occurred we have been in constant contact with our partners at the Burlington Police Department, Burlington Fire Department and Mayor’s Office.  As we at RunVermont work to regain our footing, we want you to know that our team is committed to making May 26, 2013 an exceptional day for our entire community.  The safety of our runners, volunteers and spectators is of foremost concern.

Over the next 6 weeks The RunDown will house ALL of our updates about the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon as well our usual content, including GIVEAWAYS, training articles and updates from our Rookies. If you’re not already subscribed to The RunDown through a reader (such as Feedly) or RSS feed (which delivers the posts right to your Inbox), now is the time to get yourself set up.  If we change the time of an event or the location of a service, you’ll hear about it here first.

What follows is a letter from Peter Delaney, RunVermont’s executive director and race director for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon to all of our runners, our volunteers and our community.

Late in the day on Monday, as the RunVermont team and I tried to understand what happened in Boston, one of the many questions we asked ourselves was, “how will runners react?” It wasn’t our first thought, but as runners and race organizers it was a natural question. We questioned the collective community’s desire to run and we wondered out loud what it would mean to organize a race in what had, in an instant, become a changed world.

Tuesday morning, if you are like this team, you put your sneakers on and went for a run. Because that is what runners do, we keep running. We persevere, we reach the top of Battery Street, we work through the pain. Our friends at BAA have already announced that the 118th Boston Marathon will take place on Patriot’s Day in 2014.  And on May 26th, no matter how painful it may feel at times, we will run the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. Yes, we will be running with the victims and their families in our hearts and on our minds. But we will run together. We will celebrate our community, the 25th anniversary of our race, and our common bonds with runners all over the world. Whether as a runner, spectator or volunteer, I hope you will join us on May 26, 2013.

Peter Delaney

KBVCM race director, RunVermont executive director

We’ve heard from many of you that you’re interested in supporting those affected by the tragic events in Boston. RunVermont’s plans for honoring the lives lost in Boston will be forthcoming, however, we want to share that runners from Burlington and beyond are gathering this Saturday to run in support of the victims. Alternatively, if you’re interested in making a donation, The One Fund Boston was created to raise money to help those families most affected by Monday’s events.

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1 Zeke Zucker April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

Peter knows just how to crystallize, in words, what the rest of us have in our minds. Runners and non-runners alike, are quite familiar with the Boston Marathon. After all, it’s been a special event for over a century. With the world watching the annual celebration, the unthinkable happened, and it rocked us to the core.
I feel so deeply for the families and friends of those who were murdered, for those who were injured, many of them so severely. As a runner I also feel for the 4,500+ runners who were cheated out of the opportunity to achieve their goal of finishing Boston. I also feel for the 17,000+ runners who did finish, but who had their significant achievement swept under the rug when tragedy struck.
I’ve witnessed the resolve to press on watching the Red Sox game on Saturday, the moving tribute at Yankee Stadium, the National Anthem at the Bruins game and the wonderful “We are all Boston Marathoners at Heart” run on the Burlington Bike Path.
The KBVCM Silver Anniversary edition is going to be another stellar tribute to the Boston victims and a significant part of the healing process. And you can bet your bottom dollar that the 118th Boston Marathon is going to be a positively spectacular celebration of running and the indomitable human spirit. RUN ON!

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