Monday, April 16, 2007

Big news day

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.


Tan Lucy Pez said...

Yeah, tough day. The gunman himself is dead, so that's 33 families in bereavement. Sad, sad news.

Minka said...

unbelievable...I was glued for some odd reason to the news about this. How could that happen...a lot of stuff just doesn´t make sense...I am still in utter disbelief about this. 33 families in pain, the world in shock.
What is happening?

G said...

What a terrible record to break - just tragic. Thanks for the link.

Doug said...

It's just too sad. You have to wonder what gets in someone's mind.

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AP3 said...

Yeah, unbelievably sad... overshadowing the marathon and Me Wonder Woman Pez's 49th b-day, too.

Logophile said...

It's impossible to comprehend how this happens.
Just horrible

OldHorsetailSnake said...

You suppose those Kenyans got something in the water?

Jocelyn said...

Yes, the events of today covered both ends of the spectrum. I had a great friend running Boston--and she comes from a terribly violent background of guns, so I felt so happy that her day was about running.