(RNS) Just as Jews pray to celebrate Passover “next year in Jerusalem” and Muslims pledge to visit Mecca, marathoners want to “run Boston.” For runners, Monday’s bombs struck on holy ground, endangering sacred bonds.
(RNS) Over the past 10 years, Mark Simpson and his wife have helped train more than 3,000 people to run a marathon. Most, like Simpson, were couch potatoes before they started. “We have faith in them until they can have faith in themselves,” he said. By Bob Smietana.