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Running the Marathon of freedom

As I run through peaceful mountain trails in Colorado, my thoughts are with my grieving friends and fellow runners in Boston. For me, growing up behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, the Boston Marathon was always the Marathon of Freedom, held in a far-off country I could only dream of, where I knew people were free to speak their minds and live their lives. Then the Berlin Wall came down and in 1990, I finally and exuberantly stood on the starting line in Hopkinton to begin my own personal freedom run.

Today, I remembered that magical race and I suddenly experienced a profound feeling of strength that countered the confusion and disbelief of witnessing the wicked violence of the terrorist attack in Boston.

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