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Boston Marathon: Too Soon?

Pictured: Runners and supporters in the third mile of the marathon. Not pictured: Rebecca Lee, still searching for shoes.

Boston, MA—As spectators excitedly gather to watch the 118th Boston Marathon, many of the runners can be heard grumbling about the much-anticipated event.

 “The marathon is no joking matter. It’s too soon,” said Joseph Anderson, a Boston native. “Seriously, the date crept up on me. I haven’t had enough time to practice and I’m not nearly in good enough shape to run this.”

 Many participants are complaining about people who do not take the marathon seriously enough.

 “It makes me uncomfortable when I hear jokes about it. It’s a big deal, and it’s really personal to a lot of people,” said fellow runner Rebecca Lee. “I’m just not ready to laugh about it yet. I mean, I haven’t even bought my running shoes.”

 Despite the hardship and stress triggered by the marathon, it seems as though the runners have found solace in their solidarity.

 “A lot of difficult things in life have to be faced before we’re ready for them. That’s true for the people participating this year, and it’ll definitely be true for the coming years, too. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to be painful – god, I can already feel the cramps coming on,” said Lee.

“But I’m going to show up, and I’m going to run,” she continued. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re running or walking or cheering on the sidelines. We’re all in this race together, and there’s no greater comfort than that.”

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