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Should The London Marathon Be Canceled After What Happened During The Boston Marathon Yesterday?

Submitted by on April 16, 2013 – 10:40 amNo Comment

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about what took place in Boston yesterday during the Boston Marathon. At least three people have lost their lives and more than 100 people were injured because of two bombs that were detonated near the finish life at the Boston Marathon yesterday afternoon. The situation is a very sad one—and one that is still being investigated right now in order to determine who was responsible for the bombs going off. But, even as all of that is going on, the organizers of the London Marathon are trying to make a very difficult decision. They’re trying to decide whether or not to hold their marathon on Sunday as planned.

As of right now, it sounds like the race will be run in London. The city is expecting more than 500,000 spectators to gather to watch more than 37,000 runners take part in the marathon. And, according to British sports minister Hugh Robertson, the city doesn’t want to cancel the event and let all of those people down. Instead, the city wants to hold the race as planned as a way of showing terrorists that the city is not going to live in fear of what might happen during a major event like a marathon.

“The best way for us to react is to push ahead with the marathon on Sunday,” Robertson said earlier today, “to get people on the streets and to celebrate it as we always do in London.”

But, is that really the right decision? You could argue that it’s way too soon to hold another marathon after what just took place in Boston. But, I think that, in order to start the healing process and prove that we’re not all going to live in fear now, the London Marathon has to go on as planned. We can’t sit here and talk about how we’re not going to let people who do bad things win and then cancel the very next marathon on the schedule. Instead, the city of London has to put on a show for the world and do it while simultaneously working extra hard to keep all of the spectators and runners gathered in the city safe. It’s what’s best for the city of Boston. It’s what’s best for the city of London. And, really, it’s what best for the world.

So let’s all stand up and support London as they prepare to run one of the biggest races of the year. And let’s show the world that we will not be afraid because of what happened in Boston. Tragic as it was, we can’t let it hold us down.

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