Boston Strong

By Jalina Archuleta, Talon Staff writer
Have you ever thought about running a marathon? Did you know that a marathon is usually 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195km)! Personally, I could never do that.
This year we are having a huge marathon held in Boston. There is expected to be over 35,755 competitors participating, which include 19,468 men and 15,107 women. This year’s field includes runners from all 50 U.S. states and all the Canadian Provinces. This year for the first time the average age of female runner is 40 years old and the mens average age is 45 years old.
Due to the tragic bombing that occurred last year, security is higher than ever. They have installed more than 100 cameras. Security is everywhere looking for suspicious activity.
Boston took a terrible hit on April 25, 2013 when terrorists set a bomb off during the marathon. 264 victims sought treatment in nearby area hospitals. Many people suffered from this tragedy. Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensy both lost their legs. Although this is a terrible thing event that occurred they didn’t stop running . They both participated in the most recent Boston Marathon.
In Hebrew 12:1-2 it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” This verse can relate to our lives. We all go through a race in essence, we need to run our race with endurance and never give up even when tribulations come our way. As Christians we can be sure that we are not alone in our trials. We have Jesus Christ the one who sits at the right throne of God to guide us. We all have the choice to do two things when problems arise. We can chose to give up, and feel sorry for ourselves or we can be like Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensy. They didn’t just stop everything, they finished the marathon. God didn’t say that being a Christian was going to be easy, but he promises us that He will be there with us every step of the way.