Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ode to Running, Spectating, + a Healthy Public Commons

Hi Neighbors,

Recent events at The Boston Marathon reminded me of the value of coming together for a healthy and happy public commons. I well know the early morning + long hours waiting + cheering runners. These events inspire.

Enjoy this pixel-roll of running event favorites in the Pacific Northwest that I've covered as a spectator or editorial artist:

See these beautiful people + happy races-happy faces. As we make sense, there is a joy that can't be taken away. Hurt, subdued, harmed, frightened, yes, but hold fast to the joy of coming together to fend off solitude, love and endure, and to inspire or finish well (1 John 4:18-19; 2 Tim. 1:7Heb. 12:1-2).

Crises as the bombings at Boston remind me to re-commit to my vocational purpose, and to show love/appreciation for the people around me (1 Tim. 4:14-16). Who knows but that you or I--we--can make a small positive difference for somebody? It's that compassion + drive for empathetic understanding that moderates any power, and helps us to solve problems not with violence, but to make things better. Public events, such as running, meet this need for thrival.  Just keep running..., or moving, walking, and participating.

So kudos, hat-tips, + hugs to all the runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers, coordinators, first responders, and cities out there for your value on a healthy public commons!  Pictured: Seahawks 12k / Valley 5k, Bellevue Half Marathon, Kirkland Half Marathon, Seattle Marathon, Mercer Island Half Marathon / 10kPortland Half + Seattle Rock 'N Roll Marathons.  More USA running or walking events.

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