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Our Deepest Sympathies to the Victims of the Attack at the Boston Marathon

On behalf of the RRCA Board of Directors, our staff, our volunteers, and our members, we express our sincerest sympathies to the families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on Monday. We applaud the efforts of race organizers, first responders, runners, and everyone that took action to assist the injured. 

Yesterday’s events sent a shock wave through the entire running community. As the grassroots organization for runners, clubs, and events, we encourage our members and all runners to keep running and racing in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

While we have no specific knowledge of the facts beyond what is being reported in national news sources, we believe that this act was not specifically an attack on runners, but this was certainly an act of violence at an international sports event designed to garner international attention. 

As community race organizers look to their upcoming events, we encourage you to review your security plans with your organizing team and local law enforcement.  We encourage thoughtful review, but caution against over reaction to the wake of the events in Boston. Let rational thought be your guide as opposed to fear.  Review your disaster management plans.  Be vigilant.

The running community is the most generous group of people in the country; it is one of our greatest assets. The victims of the tragedy in Boston will need our support.  However, we caution our members to be smart about giving money. The RRCA will remain in contact with the organizers of the Boston Marathon.  At a time when an official charity is designated by race officials to assist victims of the tragedy, we will share that information with members so you can give with confidence.  If you prefer to give as soon as possible before any official fund is created, we encourage supporting locally established organizations such as the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts (

In the coming weeks, as more lessons are learned from this tragedy, we will share information with our members at the RRCA Convention and in our print and e-newsletters.

Jean Knaack
Executive Director

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