Today marks one year after the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people.
Health and Hospital Corporation CEO Matthew Gutwein had planned to make his third Boston Marathon last year his final one for a while.
Forty minutes after completing the race, he was back in his hotel room overlooking the race, watching other finishers, when the second explosion shook the building, followed by what he says was a 12-foot pillar of fire outside on Boylston Street.
At first, the tragedy cemented Gutwein‘s decision not to return to the race. But he says after about a week, he decided he needed to come back, to show support for the city and those injured in the blast, and to make a statement about civil society.
He says the disruption and fear that terrorists seek to cause is the exact opposite of what he says is the communal spirit of the marathon.
“People from all over the world come to the Boston marathon, all running along the same stretch of 26 miles, all with the same goal where every person is just celebrating the notion of running together,” Gutwein says.
Gutwein says the memory of the blast is still an emotional one for him. He says not a day goes by without thinking about it.
A total of 332 Hoosiers will be part of a record field at Monday’s Boston Marathon.