Chad Galts

My kids
With the boys at St. Pat's 5K in Providence.
My magic loom running bracelet

I have never run a marathon before, but this year I need to.     

Last year’s Boston Marathon marked my sons’ introduction to terrorism, lock-downs, and the fact that senseless violence could be — in fact, had just been — directed at kids their own age. My wife and I struggled to explain what had happened, and a few days later found ourselves struggling again – this time trying to tell them about the killing of a police officer at MIT. The violence had landed inside their world – Dad’s workplace was no longer safe. We chose our words carefully and explained what we could, while managing our own reactions.     

On the night after Officer Collier’s memorial service at MIT, I told the boys about what I’d seen that day — law enforcement from all over the world coming together as part of a tradition to honor one of their own. This is how they show their respect, I said, and it’s how they remind themselves of what they have in common. It is how they try to heal.     

Running the Boston Marathon with MIT Strong gives me a chance to do the same. I want to honor Sean Collier’s sacrifice for our community, and I want to honor the magic of everyday life in our classrooms, laboratories, dorms, and offices. MIT is a huge place, with a spirit to match. I am honored to carry a small part of that with me during the race, and in doing so show the world — and my sons — that tragedies are things you recover from, that when you stand together as a team you are strong, and that MIT is a place that honors itself and the sacrifices that are made on its behalf.     

A few days ago I asked my 10-year-old what he remembers about last year’s marathon. “The bombing,” he said, without pausing or raising his head from his homework. “What if I run it this year?” I followed up. "Will that change how you think about it?” He thought for a second, looked up, and said, “Yes. I’ll remember the bombing, and the fact that you ran it the next year.”     

That’s enough for me.     

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