The Sports Working Group of AEGEE-Europe would like to express its deepest condolence to all those affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
It is hard to imagine in our times that some unscrupulous people are able to perform an action such as what happened yesterday in Boston. The Marathon of Boston is the first modern urban marathon in the world, with a very international character and a renowned event of sport, huge brotherhood between religions, ethnics and political ideologies. Certainly, the tragedy in the afternoon of April 15th only seeks to generate terror among the free thinkers of humanity. The board of the Sports Working Group is terribly affected by these news and condemns any kind of terrorist actions. We are shocked to see that the people behind this attack used such an International Sports Events to carry out their intention of spreading terror among the free and democratic societies. The marathon gathered all Boston society in a festive atmosphere, something that the terrorists sought to destroy with their will of maim and kill.
The images we’ve seen in the last day, have tried to break the spirit that for a century represent this international event. But we also witness a great hope and strength in the images of solidarity and brotherhood that arose seconds after the explosions. United we are stronger, and this should be the message.
The Boston Marathon with more than one century of history, since 1897, is the oldest marathon in the world. Inspired by the Olympic spirits of fraternity and improvement, it is held each year the third Monday of April, Patriots’ Day. The Boston Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors and attracts more than 500,000 spectators each year, making it the most viewed sport event in Massachusetts. Each year gathers an average of about 20,000 registers participants, even when its starts was only performed by 18 participants, having its maximum in 1996 when around 36,748 participants run this event.
The Boston Marathon was also an important step in the fight of the women rights. In the celebration of the 70th Boston Marathon, 1967, Kathrine Switzer, a young bachelor student, was the first woman ending this marathon. Even when all the Marathon referees tried to stop her due to her gender. At that time these kinds of events were supposed to be just for men.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and we wish to those wounded a speedy recovery.
Written collectively by the Sports Working Group and the Board of AEGEE-Europe