PORTLAND/BOSTON – With little fanfare, runners throughout Maine and Massachusetts have taken to the streets as an act of compassion and support for one another and the victims of Monday’s senseless bombings.
John Rogers and the people at the Maine Running Company sent out a simple face book message. A little more than 24 hours after the explosions ripped through the Boston Marathon, they asked runners to come and meet at their Portland store Tuesday night (April 16) for a community run.
“Bring your favorite race shirt or colors,” they said. They didn’t know how many people would show up were amazed to see so manny runners. Organizers planned to leave at 6 p.m. and run the first mile in silence in honor of their friends.
Runners of every age, size, and ability level showed up to support one another and do something to indicate their concern and passion for their friends and the general running community.
“We were overwhelmed by the turnout and the support.”
In Boston, runners gathered as well, and in a city often know for its sometimes excitable drivers and quick comments, people seemed to be a little more patient and caring with everyone who shares their beloved streets.
In an article for Runner’s World , Jon Marcus, a Boston native and avid runner and cyclist, said that runners gathered throughout the city at impromptu events to also show their support. One group, with many of the runners wearing the colors of the Boston Marathon, observed a 26.2 second moment of silence before they quietly left for a run.
“… they took to the streets, where drivers honked in support, pedestrians took photos with their phones, and cyclists and other runners waved and smiled. A Cambridge Fire Department truck flashed its lights,” Marcus said. “The group ran along both banks of the Charles River, growing quiet at the view of night falling over the skyline of the still-traumatized city.”
From Boston to Bangor, we are all still trying to make sense of the events that took place earlier this week. Sometimes, a run with your friends helps.
Editor’s note: (Link to complete text in Runner’s World)