Superior runners come together following marathon tragedyThe tragedy in Boston is bringing together a community of local runners in Superior.
By: By Alyssa Palmer/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The tragedy in Boston is bringing together a community of local runners in Superior.
University of Wisconsin-Superior alumni and friends were running in the Boston Marathon. UWS track and field head coach Glen Drexler says the Boston bombing has united runners.
“I don’t know if it was something against runners, but we all take it personally,” he said. “As runners, we’ll take it very personally. But that’s the unfortunate thing; I think it was an act of terror against people, not necessarily runners individually here as far as a group. So it happened to be runners and that’s our community so it’s a tough thing.”
UWS senior Peter Vukelich says he grew up running. Running a marathon is still a life goal of his even after the troubling news.
“I would say I’m a runner. It’s just kind of always been a passion of mine, a love of mine,” he said. “To see these events, it’s kind of troubling, kind of disheartening, because a marathon is an accomplishment for a lot of people. Usually that’s a happy time for people. Now we are faced with tragedy and death.”
UWS track and field assistant coach Taylor Marble ran her first marathon last October at Chicago. Marble says she spent all Monday morning watching the Boston race and spent all night watching the news.
“Coming up in the news, it just made me more sad, and then thinking about I got very angry. I couldn’t comprehend why anyone would want to do this, especially at a marathon,” Marble said. “The running community is just a different breed of people; very genuine, very kind. I don’t… understand what motivate or what would even drive you to do this at an event like this.”
Marble qualified for the Boston Marathon and seriously considered running it this year.
“I could have been there and probably could have been finishing around that time, probably just short of four hours, and would have been in the area is like … unfathomable,” she said. “I can’t even imagine the chaos and everything that was going on there. I can’t imagine myself in that situation.”
Marble says runners will be stronger through this experience.