The big story today was supposed to be that nearly 23,870 people ran the Boston Marathon.
Lidiya Grigoryeva, 33, of Russia, in her first Boston run, took advantage of a familiarity with the cold, rainy conditions to win the women's race in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 18 seconds.
Defending champion Robert Cheruiyot won his third Boston Marathon today and fellow Kenyans were second and third. (This year marks the 15th time in the past 17 years that the men's race has been won by a Kenyan.) "The weather was not so good, so the race was tough," Cheruiyot told a news conference. Cheruiyot, 28, finished the 111th edition in an official time of two hours, 14 minutes and 13 seconds.
This year's Boston Marathon was the slowest one since 1977--runners faced cold headwinds up to 50 mph and heavy rain during the first half-hour.
Hats off to everyone who participated--I was thinkin' of ya!
The most important news today, however, did not involve a footrace, the anniversary of Patriots Day in Boston, or gusty weather. It was the horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech, where a gunman killed 32 people this morning. This is recognized as the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. It is something that is impossible to understand, and unbelievably sad.
There is a guestbook for absolutely anyone who would like to send his/her condolences.