Some fought back tears. Others hugged. Everyone hit the pavement.
Several dozen runners gathered in suburban Rochester Tuesday evening and together ran in memory of the bombings that interrupted the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, killing three and injuring more than 170 others.
“We are runners, we are strong,” said Ellen Brenner co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Brighton.
Ellen Brenner of @fleetfeetroc speaks to the crowd running 4.09m for Boston#prayforbostontwitter.com/vfreile/status…
— Victoria Freile (@vfreile) April 16, 2013
Before we hit the road, Brenner thanked the group for their love and support of Rochester’s running community — and each other. One local Boston Marathoner, Malcolm Bugler of Henrietta, also spoke of Monday’s events.
“It’s only just sinking in now, the enormity of the thing that happened,” he said. “Running is a celebration of what you can achieve…to have that challenged is just unthinkable.”
Typically, we run hills on Tuesday evenings. Instead, we ran an altered “happy hour” loop of 4.09 miles, which was the time on the race clock when the first explosion went off.
We ran through a drizzle, many wearing Boston’s blue and yellow or race shirts or jackets. We were together. We were one. We were strong. We are runners.
Click here for a video of the memorial run by my colleague Kris Murante.