A few months later, Toal ran Boston, where the sound of the bombs going off reminded him of the sectarian violence he had lived through in Northern Ireland years ago. The memories of that April day and of the chaos in New York have stayed with him.
He says he’ll return to New York to run next year. Not this time.
“I didn’t think this year would be a good year to run it because it would be the anniversary of so many things,” Toal said. “Including those that died, those that are probably struggling in terms of, maybe, homes, jobs, livelihoods.”