I don’t usually do the whole change-your-profile-pic-add-a-twibbon-tell-us-your-bra-color thing.
Maybe I should.
I don’t know.
It just doesn’t feel like those things mean much.
Then, the attacks on the Boston Marathon happened, and runners across social networks planned to wear their running shirts to honor the people of Boston.
I thought about the runDisney community, and how runners and spectators during the Walt Disney World half marathons I’ve run have welcomed me with open arms, have hi-fived me and encouraged me when that next mile marker seems too far away, and have celebrated even the smallest victories with me – reaching the next mile marker, getting to Mary Poppins, even running at all.
I’ve only been a part of the runDisney marathon community for two years, but it’s taught me that being a runner makes you part of something larger than yourself.
And that’s why I’m wearing my race shirts all week. To share a little magic. To share the grace that comes with small gestures. To show Boston I’ve got her back.
These members of the runDisney community are doing the same. I don’t know them all in real life, but I’m glad and proud and honored to count them among my tribe.
Are you wearing your runDisney race shirts this week? 1 of 17
Mary Jo is wearing hers under her lab coat. 2 of 17
"Wearing this @runDisney beauty at work in honor of the Runners, 1st responders, Medical providers & Heroes in Boston" -via @MoJoDisney
Karen is wearing hers under her scrubs. 3 of 17
"Supporting #BostonMarathon2013 today with my @runDisney 26.2 shirt under my scrubs. My thoughts/prayers are w/them." -via @kren2700
Leah is wearing hers to show solidarity. 4 of 17
"Went with the green (a color I never wear!) @runDisney Wine & Dine race shirt to wear in honor of Boston #run3rd" -via @Leahmari11
Megan and Rachel are wearing theirs to honor. 5 of 17
"W/ @RunnersTales in our Blue & yellow @runDisney race shirts honoring #BostonMararthon #FitFluential @FitFluential" -via @IRun4wine
Chuck is wearing his in support. 6 of 17
"Show your support for Boston!" -via Chuck Lionberger
Erin is wearing hers in dedication. 7 of 17
"Tonight's run is dedicated to the runners of the world and the people of Boston." -via Erin Williams, For The Love of Disney Running
Renee is wearing hers on the sidelines. 8 of 17
"... after walking 26.2 minutes in my blue and yellow (I'm recovering from major surgery so no running for me) but I'm now in the bed rocking my Disney Princess race tee." -via RenÃ©e Ross, Cutie Booty Cakes
Juanita is wearing hers to honor. 9 of 17
"Wearing my @runDisney race shirt in honor of the victims of yesterday's tragedy. #prayforboston" -via @PhredJonz
Keith is wearing his to show support. 10 of 17
"Showing my support for those affected by the #BostonMarathon - I will always @runDisney" -via @DisneyProject
Fiona is wearing hers in remembrance. 11 of 17
"@runDisney @runTeamSparkle @dimityontherun @SeanAstin race shirt for Boston. #rememberBoston" -via @HRHginger73
Joy is wearing hers at work. 12 of 17
"Princess race shirt on for work today #runchat @runDisney #prayerforboston" -via @joyturingan
Holly is wearing hers to show solidarity. 13 of 17
"Wearing my @runDisney Princess half-marathon shirt today in solidarity w Boston #bostonmarathon #prayingforboston" -via @Tropic_of_Mom
Nathan is wearing his with pride. 14 of 17
"wearing this with pride today and praying for those who are hurting in Boston @runDisney #Boston" -via @damauldins4
Eric is wearing his to show support. 15 of 17
"@GMA @runDisney wearing my runDisney marathon shirt to support the Boston Marathon!" -via @ejromeo69
Jen is wearing hers as a way to pray. 16 of 17
"@runDisney @runnersworld prayers for Boston #bostonmarathon" -via @momof2cuties713
Pilar is wearing hers to remember the joy that comes with running. 17 of 17
Photo credit (lead): Disney Store
Photo edits: All me.