A Defiant Run in the Park
Martin, Nick, Winnipeg Free Press
Monday's tragedy unites athletes
WILL terrorists stop people from running?
Not in this universe.
"I'll definitely go back -- it's not going to stop me from running. I've already qualified for next year," Tim Turner declared Tuesday. He finished the bomb-plagued Boston Marathon on Monday and was barely off the plane on Tuesday when he went to Assiniboine Park to turn spectator at Winnipeg's part in an international show of defiance.
More than 300 people came together for a spontaneous five-kilometre run in the park, responding to a social media campaign kick-started by radio personality Ace Burpee. The same thing happened Tuesday in a lot places, an awful lot of places.
"You have to live life," Turner said as he signed the Canadian flag the runners will send to the people of Boston.
"This is really a testament to the solidarity of the worldwide running community," marvelled John Murray, a member of the Tribalistic Triathlon Team, in the park with Christina McDonald for a regular training run.
"It just shows how close this community is," said Virginie Pollet, hoping to qualify to run the Boston Marathon one day. "We thought this was a perfect opportunity to come out. I was in shock."
Running, said Pollet, "is really for fun and the atmosphere."
And then came Monday.
"We just wanted to come and show our support," her friend, Reanne Krupka, said. "Runners love runners."
Reid Nelson was going for a long run in the park, a 16-year-old Oak Park High School student doing his training, when he spotted his dad in running gear and added another five kilometres to his normal 10 to 15.
"It's inspirational," he said.
Dad Vern Nelson runs and bikes regularly in off-road events. …