"Soon after the elites finish come the runners who have flattened themselves to get a BQ—a Boston qualifier. These are the people who use Boston as their final or even annual test to satisfy their need to be their own heroes." —Kathrine Switzer, the first female runner in the Boston Marathon, in the introduction of 4:09:43 by Hal Higon, a book that commemorates the 2013 Boston Marathon
Where were you last April 15, 2013 at 2:49 EST? Bet you have a very vivid memory of where you were when you heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon, explosions that killed 3, injured over 250, and shook the running world to its very core. (Dimity: Coming out of Pilates class. Sarah: Visiting with her parents in Connecticut before she caught a flight home.)
Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and images of where we were, how rocked our worlds felt, how we couldn't wrap our minds around this terrible thing happening to our lovely, generous running community are already starting to pop up in our minds.
"The same legs I have despised all this time literally got blown to pieces last year. And while I am without a doubt scarred for life, I have also never felt more beautiful than I do right now." —Rebekah Gregory, injured in the bombings and preparing for her wedding to a fellow bombing survivor
Given how profoundly those tragic events affected the minds and souls of the mother runner community, we wanted to commemorate the fortitude and spirit of all of us touched by it—as well as simply proclaim the current state of our hearts: STRONG.
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." —Ernest Hemingway
We modified our Boston Marathon tee from last year—the ones that, thanks to you guys, raised a whopping $26,000 for the One Fund—taking the heart and putting the simple, but ridiculously powerful word, "STRONG" inside it. Whether you finished the marathon on April 15, 2013; were pulled from the course; or simply held your fellow runners in your heart through your miles after the bombings, STRONG says it all.
"It's interesting how we often can't see the ways in which we are being strong. Like, you can't be aware of what you're doing that's tough and brave at the time that you're doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you'd be scared." —Lena Dunham
Wear this new tee to remember, but also to celebrate your strength and the strength of runners everywhere. The literal cardiovascular strength as well as the willpower, dedication, and love for running. The blue heart, with a pair of yellow women's shoes below it, sits on a heathered, light grey tee. This Bella brand, women's cut tee is a soft cotton/poly blend and sports a universally flattering neckline; it's a little more sccop-necked than the one in the pic. If you own or have seen one of our other lifestyle tees, it's the same style.
"Women have always been the strong ones of the world." —Coco Chanel
"A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope." —Thomas Carlyle
We carry the strong-heart message upward to a new Sweaty Bands, in the iconic Boston Marathon colors: a vivid yellow band with blue hearts and "strong" in white letters. You can buy the T-shirt ($25) or the Sweaty Bands ($15) separately or order them together to save $5. We are donating 15% of the price of all these Boston Strong items to The One Fund Boston.
"I believe in being strong when everything else seems to go wrong." —Audrey Hepburn
We are currently taking pre-orders on the tee and Sweaty Bands: Orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 17 in order to receive your tee to wear in time for the Boston Marathon, which is on Monday, April 21, 2014. Orders will be shipped the first week of April.
And we want to know: Where were you when you heard about the bombings?