Say what you want about runners, despite our individual quirkiness, we are dedicated to our sport and all those who partake in it. We are a deeply caring and compassionate community. We connect to runners we have never personally met simply because we share the same drive, passion, and love for running. We all run for different reasons and have many different goals but in the end we are all runners. That is our simple connection and that is all that matters.
Last month I posted a 26.2 Mile Salute a tribute to Billy, written by my sister. Billy, an advid and accomplished marathoner, was training for his second Boston Marathon when he un-expectantly pass away. His fellow running community ran in his honor, April 16th, 2012.
One of Billy’s running partners, who honored Billy at his funeral by wearing his running shoes, contacted BAA to let them know that Billy passed away prior to hearing the starting gun of his 2nd Boston Marathon. The kind and compassionate, fellow runners, at the Boston Athletic Association, took the time and effort to gather Billy’s race items and sent them along with a letter of condolence to Billy’s wife.
As you can imagine, the arrival of this un- expected package to Mrs. Blevins home address sparked a variety of emotions. The best I can glean from the email forwarded to me is that she was honored and overjoyed. The personal letter so eloquently ended by saying
“he has fought the good fight and finished the race”
Way to go BAA! What a wonderful and thoughtful way to honor a dedicated runner and his loyal cheerleader. Mrs. Blevins, whom was his biggest fan, was on the sidelines of all of Billy’s races,
I never had the honor of meeting Billy, nor have I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Blevins. However, their story pulls at my heart strings and I feel an indescribable connection to them both. There is no other explanation…it has to be the “runners connection”
Run, Billy Run! There is no pain in Heaven!
Rest in Peace