It’s not just the finish line of a 26.2 mile race in Boston’s Copley Square. It’s the goal of thousands of runners running thousands of races just to qualify.
“The Boston Marathon is a challenge. It’s ‘can you qualify,’” said Chris Malenab, a Sacramento runner.
Malenab has got plenty of hardware from marathons he’s run. But on this hard day, he’s looking at the Boston Marathon differently.
“Because had I been running in Boston, had I qualified, my wife and son would be sitting in that grand stand,” he said.
Malenab organized a run-and-prayer Monday at one of Sacramento’s most popular spot for runners- McKinley Park. The small group that showed-up to the event were there to show support for the survivors in Boston. Among them, many of their own friends and running partners.
“You start seeing the images and you start thinking what runners do I know who are expected or predicted to run at that time,” Malenab said.
Thankfully, all Malenab’s running mates were safe and accounted for after the bombing. But the course has forever changed for America’s most celebrated foot race.