LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Although he did not see the two explosions that stopped last year’s Boston Marathon, Dr. Ronald S. Dubin, Corbin orthopedic surgeon, and the thousands of others running in the world-famous race quickly noticed something was seriously wrong.
Dubin, along with his fellow runners were filled with concern for their peers and were shocked that something so tragic could happen at the world’s oldest and most prestigious running race. Along with concern for their fellow marathoners, Dubin was one of many that felt cheated, the act of terror stole the purity of something sacred to runners across the world.
“I don’t want people to think of terrorism or the bombing when they think of the Boston Marathon,” Dubin said in an interview last year shortly after returning home from the 2013 marathon. “The Boston Marathon is iconic; it’s the number one marathon in the world. Marathon running is sacred, it’s difficult.”
Unfortunately, Dubin was not able to finish the marathon because of the bombings. It was supposed to be his last marathon before hanging up his running shoes and taking it easy with his family. However, in May 2013, he and approximately 35 Boston Marathon participants from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan were invited to the Indianapolis 500 Speedway for a special memorial event in honor of the three victims who lost their lives and the 264 others who suffered injuries on the day of the 2013 bombing.
“I didn’t do the Indy 500 for myself,” Dubin said. “I did it for the (bombing) victims.”
Dubin was chosen to be the flag bearer, leading the pack down the commemorative mile.
“It was the most incredible mile I’ve ever ran; the most incredible moment in my life,” Dubin said. “To carry the American flag, and to do it in front of the entire world…It was the biggest recognition of runners and I felt honored that they chose me.”