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Boston Marathon: Standing up to Terror

April 18th, 2013

Welland Triathlon chairman David Boone doesn’t believe the tragedy in the Boston Marathon will have much effect on an annual event that last year attracted about 1,500 people.

“Where do we go from here? We just go forward. You can’t let an act of terror stop everything.” Boone, whose event has become a popular stop on the MultiSport Canada running circuit, said while running events such as the Welland Triathlon will become “more vigilant” in the wake of the Boston marathon, he hopes they won’t stop altogether. “Otherwise, we might as well shut everything down. They (the terrors) have won if we do that.”

Lynda Lemon, a Welland local who also competes in duathlons and triathlons echoed similar sentiments, saying that Monday’s “senseless act” in Boston won’t deter her from competing. “No, it wouldn’t cause me to reconsider. You could get hit by a car crossing the street tomorrow,” Lynda Lemon said. Lemon said while “any big event” is a potential soft target for terrorists, she can’t remember being scared when she took part in running events abroad. “Often there was stress related to many things, but not that. There’s danger in competing just by itself, especially on the cycling leg,” said the 69-year-old retired Eastdale Secondary School teacher, a silver medallist at last year’s world duathlon championships in Nancy, France.

You can find the original article at The Welland Tribune.

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