Marathon is off and running and inevitably the shadow of the terror bombings at the Boston Marathon will fall upon this joyful day. Race organizers, public safety officials and medical teams from UPMC have taken note of what happened in Boston, have consulted with their counterparts there and are confident that they are prepared for whatever might happen. With those sensible precautions, there was no question but that Pittsburgh's marathon and half marathon should proceed. As far as is known, the two brothers of Chechen origin accused in the Boston attacks took it upon themselves to set off bombs and were not doing the bidding of some other terror group that might target U.S. cities as part of a larger plot. Let the runners today experience no worse than the ordinary strains and sprains and spectators no worse than hoarse throats from shouting encouragement.
IT'S BEEN A LONG and successful run in life for Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who was honored Tuesday by the North Side/North Shore Chamber of Commerce at the Heinz Field East Club, making it a sort of home game for Mr. Rooney. He was given the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Rooney was born in the neighborhood and, in a speech to more than 250 people, he recalled the parks where he used to play as a boy and urged that green space be preserved as the development of the North Side proceeds. "The North Side's coming back," he said, an impression that today's marathon runners can confirm for themselves.
IF THERE'S SOMEONE more liked by Pittsburghers than Mr. Rooney, it may be one of his employees, Steelers back-up quarterback Charlie Batch. A Homestead native, Mr. Batch seems destined next season not to return to the team he has served so well. With Ben Roethlisberger still the main man and the Steelers having drafted Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and signed veteran Bruce Gradkowski as a free agent, Charlie Batch will do what he also has done so well -- live here and run his Best of the Batch Foundation, which has helped more than 1,000 financially challenged boys and girls, ages 7 to 18. When it comes to lifetime achievement, Charlie Batch is a winner.