LONDON -- It was a beautiful, uneventful event. The only distress evident on runners' faces in Sunday's London Marathon was the normal kind, from cramps or blackened toenails or a bum knee. There was minor unhappiness among those who'd hoped the digital timer would stop a few clicks sooner. They'll get over that and many of them will try again.
The fact that 35,000 ran without incident in London does not reattach limbs or restore lost loved ones or fully quell the reverberating sonic waves of fear and stress that followed the bombings at last week's Boston Marathon. But it was the first step forward on the course ahead.
Chicago is the next major marathon in the United States, on Oct. 13. Race director Carey Pinkowski said he and his staff will caucus with their counterparts from Boston and London to solicit feedback on future security practices. He is no stranger to those issues -- Chicago held its 2001 race a month after the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. -- and expressed confidence in the city's ability to stage a safe and successful race.
But Sunday, Pinkowski, like many, simply allowed himself to drink in the happy spectacle. He said the exuberance in London following a week of shock, sorrow and reflection was "infectious'' and paves the way for the rest of the racing season.