Run for Boston 4/17 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Local runners hold memorial run for Boston victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Wednesday, all over the world, runners and non-runners were asked to come together as a sign of solidarity for the people and runners of Boston.

The run here locally was impromptu, fed mainly by social media and word of mouth.

Some say they showed up because runners support each other in every way, especially in moments of need.

The idea started like most things do these days, on social media.

The Run for Boston 4/17 Facebook page posted:

The idea is simple.
-Gather your friends
-Pick a place
-Wear blue or yellow
-And take a picture with a "Run for Boston" sign and post it.

So that's what a group of Louisville runners did.

Many of them showed up in the colors of the Boston Marathon, blue and yellow.

If they didn't have those colors, they donned Boston apparel.

After a few words, a prayer and a group photo, they took off running despite the rain showers.

"I've been running since the 3rd grade and when I heard what happened, it really hit home with me because I'm actually training for my first full marathon," said longtime runner Janna Mathews.

Mathews thinks what happened in Boston will change organized races forever.

"They're always trying to shoo us through as fast as possible so we don't block the area but now that might be more of a safety concern I would assume," she said.

Janna is supposed to run her first marathon in less than two weeks and says this has given her second thoughts about crossing the finish line.

Jeff Wells is the one who threw this event together.

He's also a 2013 Boston finisher and is well known in the Louisville running community.

He was just yards away when the bombs went off on Monday.

"After the explosions, I knew I had to ... I had to help. I literally just took my knee and prayed. I knew that was the best thing to do," said Wells.

Walls, who owns Fleet Feet Sports in Louisville, says more events are being planned. To stay up to date, like the Facebook page here.

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