Nightly News   |  April 15, 2013

Sports writer:People were ‘running in terror’

All the struggle and challenge that went into getting admitted to the Boston Marathon ended with the two bomb blasts at the finish line. New York Daily News veteran sports writer Mike Lupica describes how the spirit of the Boston Marathon, traditionally a time of celebration, was crushed by the day’s deaths and injuries.

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>>> we are back tonight with our continuing coverage of this awful thing that has happened on what is usually a joyous and sparkling day in the city of boston , mass. for more on that, we want to talk with veteran sports columnist for the new york daily news, author and broadcaster mike lupica . mike, you and i spoke earlier right after the news and right after the import of what happened here sunk in. for people not familiar with patriots day in boston , with this race as an event, what should they know about what this day should be like?

>> reporter: brian, people talk about it as a state holiday . boston on this day and particularly this area around the finish line , it's like the capital of happy people. the only thing i have been comparing it to -- it's a beautiful day that's like times square on new year's eve in new york city . what's not supposed to happen is you are not supposed to see people running in terror away from the finish line . this is the day when you make it to the finish line and you are cheered like the biggest winner in the world whether it took you three hours, four or five hours. i just talked -- my son is a junior at boston college , as you know. his sister -- the roommate of his sister ran in the race. a lot of the kids carry phones, some to listen to music. she's at the 23-mile mark today and her brother is at the finish line across the street from where the first bomb hit saying, stop running, a bomb went off here.

>> think about the perversion of that. the fact that half of the race was still snaked through the streets, full stop . their day is over. all the achievement, all the struggle and challenge that went into this. think about the fact that most runners arrive in boston with a support group of two or three people. it is supposed to feel like new year's eve in new york only during the day. all of that comes to an end.

>> and just up boylston street is the public garden and boston commons which is the central park of boston . again, that is always a joyful place on this day. it became the saddest collection area for families and friends of runners on this day that there's ever been -- brian, there have been times in the past, i can't tell you how many times i have covered this race. again, it's a celebration, not just of the race, but of being alive in boston . when you try to make your way from fenway park from the baseball game back to the finish line you sometimes feel like you have run a marathon yourself. but all you see are smiling people and now you balance that off against the pictures that you have been showing for the last several hours.

>> mike lupica , thank you so much for being with us. some great words after an awful day in a great american city. mike lupica of the new york daily news.