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April 19, 2013

ADAMCZYK: Running in the street

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Tonawanda News — Watch documentaries of any sporting event’s history and you come to one that’s unlike the other. The 1913 Epsom Derby, in which a suffragette protesting her lack of a vote was trampled by horses. Spots on the list of World Series and Stanley Cup championships left vacant due to interruptions in the schedule caused by labor issues. Even that first of the only four Super Bowls that matter, the one in Tampa that came the weekend of Desert Storm, was regarded as the most joyless of them all. We remember wide right. The rest of the world recalls tight security and a constraint to the enthusiasm.

This year’s Boston Marathon gets an asterisk, I guess. I do not want to be the one to come up with the phrase that will go into the record books to describe it.

Race cancelled due to — wait a minute, the race was not cancelled; it went for four hours and nine minutes before it was stopped. Results ignored because some finished, some didn’t. Race stopped because we had more important things to do.

The parenthetical comment that will accompany “2013” on the list of Boston Marathons will not explain the full impact of the day’s events, but none of those lines do. We can look up the winner and his or her winning time, any year, but we need to dig to learn the stories, the incidents, the motivation behind running. It’ll be the same for this year.

Next year, they’ll run it again. Of course they will, and there will be more security, more edginess and (watch this) vastly more applicants to run than in previous years. To whatever badge of honor is conveyed in telling people you completed the Boston Marathon, a new badge will be issued: Urban life in this century does not scare you.

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