Dave Zirin: The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love
ve> The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love
The Nation: April 15, 2013
Kathrine Switzer found herself about to be thrown out of the normally
all-male Boston Marathon when a companion threw a block that tossed a race
official out of the running instead, April 19, 1967. (AP Photo)
In 1967, Boston Marathon gave us all a glimpse of the possible. Today we saw
not of the world we'd aspire to live in, but the one we actually inhabit.
Instead of the triumph of the individual amidst the powerful throngs and
inspiration of the collective, we have tragedy, disarray, panic, and fear.
Like a scar, it now marks us: the loss of security among the mass. But like
a scar, we may need to wear it proudly. We will run next year because the
alternative is too awful to contemplate.