Sports have an innate healing power. Watching sports provides us an escape from the everyday hassles of life, if only for a couple hours. Sometimes, sports can mean much, much more. There are moments when sports let us know that a community, city, country can overcome major tragedy and begin to heal. This was true for the first game after 9/11 in Yankee Stadium. And we saw an amazing reaction throughout the sports world the days following the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Yes, they are just games, but their ability to heal is powerful.
On Monday the 118th running of the Boston Marathon took place. It is an event that is always a celebration in Boston and the entire New England region. Because of the tragic events of last year’s race, the entire country’s eyes were on the Marathon this year, not only to remember the individuals who lost their lives and the many who suffered life changing injuries, but to utilize the healing power that sport provides. For the 36,000 runners, crossing the finish line on Boylston Street in Copley Square was an overpowering emotional moment…a collection of healing moments that was shared bt everyone in Boston and by the rest of us as well. To add to the already highly-charged emotional nature of the event, Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since 1983, posting a time of 2:08:37 before falling to his knees and breaking into tears.