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After The Boston Marathon Tragedy, The Fitness World Stands United

Anyone who participates in fitness feels a special kinship with those runners who were nearing the finish line.

Bodybuilding.com extends its sympathies to the people affected by the tragedy in Boston on April 15. Anyone who participates in fitness of any kind, at any level, feels a special kinship with the runners who were nearing the finish line when two bomb blasts killed three people and injured at least 170 others. The victims included many who were in attendance simply to cheer on a friend or loved one.

Marathons are among the most demanding sporting events, but they're also one of the most democratic. Virtually anyone with enough grit and preparation can work their way up to completing one. The same impulse prompts others among us to lift weights, participate in team sports, or otherwise dedicate our precious time to physical training. Whether we lift iron or pound the pavement, we seek to stretch our limits, and in the process, redefine ourselves. For an act of violence to end lives near the finish of such a life-transforming event is particularly heinous.

In the coming days, the victims and their loved ones will begin the long journey of rebuilding their lives. Our hope for these men, women, and children is that the strength of body and spirit borne of their training will, where possible, make their burdens a little easier to bear.

In the meantime, let's all stand ready to help. If you have information about a racer or a person at the scene of the incident, consider sharing it through Google's Boston Marathon Explosion Person Finder. If you were there and are safe now, consider letting everyone know by registering yourself on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. If you're looking for information about a friend or loved one, you can also search both of those sites for their name and status.


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PDeV1

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prayers go to family.... Sad to see this.

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dajunglebrotha

there is too much hate in this world... why anyone would want to do this is beyond me...

Apr 16, 2013 11:25am | report
RunningTall

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RunningTall

As a fellow runner, this hits deep.

Apr 16, 2013 12:31pm | report
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spike135

i agree. glad to see my buddy are all right

Apr 16, 2013 1:07pm | report
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Molinski44

Really glad to see bodybuilding.com doing this and providing support and extra information on this tragedy. #PrayersforBoston

Apr 16, 2013 5:30pm | report
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jmccarthey

I finished the Boston Marathon about 40 minutes ahead of the bombings... I was in my hotel room, showered and relaxing just a block away when I heard the explosions. Words cannot even begin to describe my feelings since then....very tough.

Apr 16, 2013 6:56pm | report
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SugarNation

So glad you are safe. So sorry that not everyone who ran the race or watched it was so lucky. Our thoughts are with you and everyone so directly affected.

Apr 16, 2013 7:46pm | report
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Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Apr 16, 2013 9:29pm | report
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RunnerKrista

Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this senseless act. Don't let your love for running go away because of this.

Apr 17, 2013 10:44am | report
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RehanAli123

7 people died in Palestine on the same day.
plenty in Afghanistan, Iraq and in Kashmir.....

Prayers go to all the victims in Boston Marathon incident..

Apr 18, 2013 3:47am | report
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I agree with everyone here prayers got out to all the family and members who died or was injured in the bombing on April 15th. God Bless all

Apr 18, 2013 6:59am | report
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robj841

I hope the bombers get death for this. No mercy

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TheNeZ

Love my city-BeanTown has all my support.

Apr 18, 2013 2:23pm | report
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rustinlance

I donated red blood cells today. Basically the opposite of blood doping. They said I may be a little fatigued in my workouts for a few days, a small price to pay. I hope it helps someone.

Apr 18, 2013 9:33pm | report
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gonzofrank

Way to go bodybuilding.com!!! Providing great words and advice and links. Much Respect. My sister in law Wendy Thomas runs and my wife and i always travel with her. Do to injury we did not attend this marathon!!! I can't feel lucky I wasnt there. That would be selfish to only think of ones self. Serving two deployments, explosions are not something you want to be in the middle of. I pray for all the families, friends, and the Great United States of America to have to undergo yet another tragedy. What if anything will stop people from judging others and taking matters into their own hands. God Bless Everyone as no one knows what happens next.......

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CMain800

Such a terrible tragedy, continuing to send prayers to the folks still grieving in Boston as the search for the suspect is ongoing.

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