I was a freshman in college at Virginia Tech on April 16th, 2007 when we experienced the worst school massacre in history. To say that our community experienced a sense of loss is an understatement. But, we also experienced a sense of pride in being able to come together as one and grow stronger.
"I ask each of you to take the time to be a Hokie this week. Appreciate life a little more, take in every moment around you, count your blessings, tell the people around you that you love them, slow down, remember what's truly important in life. And live for those 32 who do not have that chance anymore."
The Virginia Tech Community started the tradition of a 3.2 mile Run for 32. I’ll run 3.2 miles to remember the events of that day and the individuals who had such an impact on my life and others in such a short period of time.
Not only will I run for the 32, but I will run because today marks the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings occurring on April 15th, 2013. This attack injured many and caused unnecessary casualties, all while people were doing something they loved to do. But again, this incident showed how strong the Boston/Running/National Community is to come together and grow stronger.
I challenge each of you to hold the people you love a little tighter and cherish the moments that you are given…and to run/jog/walk/bike/climb 3.2 miles to celebrate the 32 and those who are unable to!
Because I knew you