WELL-KNOWN running proponent Rio Dela Cruz said the bombings that rocked the Boston Marathon on Tuesday won't deter avid runners like him from competing in the race next year.
Dela Cruz last competed in the marathon in 2010 and the popular race organizer said he is bent on returning to Boston next year if only to to pay homage to one of the oldest and most prestigious foot races in the world.
"Marami ang magdadalawang isip. Pero ako babalik ako sa Boston para lang pasalamatan ang mga taong patuloy na sumusuporta sa Boston Marathon," said Dela Cruz, who aims to qualify once again for the 2014 race.
Popularly known as Coach Rio in the local running scene, Dela Cruz said that more than the race itself, it is the people who line the route that make the Boston Marathon special among participants.
Coach Rio remembers too well how locals come out in full force to cheer on runners along the route leading to what is popularly known as Heartbreak Hill, the steep climb heading to Boston College.
"Malayo pa maririnig mo na ang cheer ng mga students," he recalled. "Kapag na excite ka masyado at napatakbo ka ng mabilis baka maubusan ka heading to the last 10 kilometers.
"Ibang klase ang local support ng mga Bostonians. Along the race route bibigyan ka nila ng tubig, pagkain at kahit anong tulong na kailangan. All-out sila sa support sa lahat ng runners," he added.