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Photo of the Week: May 15, 2013

Boston Marathon 2013

Where we were a month ago.

Literally – this photo was shot by We Love Beantown’s own Alex Dupnik.

And we were cheering on Beacon and Boylston streets, frolicking in the sun with our dogs, toasting friends in bars, watching the Red Sox at Fenway – and then.

Today, let’s look at and reflect on how things have changed, and, more importantly, how they haven’t.

Where we are now: Eating and shopping on Boylston street, running and frolicking in the sun, toasting friends in bars, watching the Sox and Bruins – and more.

Better yet, post your Boston Strong badassery on our Flickr page. Because this city rocks.

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Buffalo Athletes Host Solidarity Run

Buffalo Solidarity Run

From signs and cards, to television testimonials, to readers’ posts on social media, there has been tremendous support this week from the rest of the country for Boston and Bostonians.

I’m glad to recognize the denizens of Buffalo for that support. That city, my hometown, is known as the City of Good Neighbors, and Buffalo’s goodwill does not end with joining last night’s hockey crowd to sing the National Anthem. Buffalo runners Julia Burke and Beth Weinberg are leading the Boston Marathon Solidarity Run on Sunday in Buffalo’s Delaware Park.

Writing for Buffalo’s The Good Neighborhood, Burke said, “Runners are a compassionate bunch, and the Boston bombings shook our entire community to the core. When we’re feeling angry, or sad, or frustrated, or hurt, we all do the same thing: we run––ideally, together…We have a real opportunity to raise money for the bombing victims and the recovery effort, encourage folks to donate blood, and show Boston and the world how much we care. I’ve never been more proud to be a runner, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together on Sunday.”

Donations are accepted on behalf of the Red Cross. You and Who, a Buffalo apparel company, is printing commemorative shirts with all profits donated to The One Fund.

In November, Hurricane Sandy prevented Burke, a journalist at Buffalo Spree, a regional magazine, from running the New York City marathon. Instead, she ran a marathon in Delaware Park and was joined by over 800 supporters, Beth Weinberg among them. She raised $5000 for hurricane relief efforts.

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You Won’t Take the Miles or The Music

Since I first watched the Boston Marathon from the top of Heartbreak Hill as a Boston College freshman and said, “I want to do that,” I’ve been running. Some years I’ve trained for and completed marathons, some years I’ve just puttered through with shitty mileage, but I haven’t stopped.

Having ran the race twice myself, ran my friends into the finish, had barefoot contingents lead me half-delirious to the right on Hereford, left on Boylston, and also having experienced the race as a spectator myself for many years, Marathon Monday has always been a truly special day. Which makes yesterday’s horrific attack all the more stingingly acute.

Between countless hours of watching the news, looking at way too many photos, and making sure their loved ones are accounted for and okay, everyone’s been processing the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings differently.

For me, so far, it’s been with music.

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Boston Marathon 2013

Boston Marathon 2013

As with most people, I am at a loss for words to describe what I am feeling.

I do know that yesterday morning was a beautiful day, spent with my friends and this image is how I choose to remember the 2013 Marathon.

In the afternoon, I was able to feel calm, due to the incredible amount of texts and phone calls I received from close friends, family members, and friends I have not spoken to in over 5 years.

Thank you all for checking in to see if my sister and I were ok.