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Letter: Reader vents after Boston tragedy

To the editor,

We are a small population. I would guess maybe 10 percent of the world.  

Most people wouldn’t think running 26.2 miles and qualifying for the most elite marathon in the world would be on someone’s bucket list. 

After 39 marathons I am proud to be a part of a close-knit family even though we only see each other at races. We all know each other whether we are fast, slow, injured, or just helping out a charity.

The terrorists did their homework this time, which comes to no surprise to me since I predicted this after 9/11. They didn’t pick on the elite. They picked on the average runner who worked hard just to qualify for Boston.

We had to run at least one 20-mile training run and run a previous marathon in one calendar  in a specific time to qualify. We are not elite. We are just there. I  will speak for myself and my colleagues and say this is the most happiest and exciting day of our lives! YES! We made Boston!

As a member of the running community I will say we are sad and grief-stricken over the horrifying disaster that evil has once again bestowed upon our great nation.

This incident will NOT stop us from quitting. Runners don’t quit and we won’t be bullied so take that terrorists! We are in it to win it. You can’t beat us.

Victoria Bentley, Downers Grove

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