Using social media, joggers and long-distance runners in the Washington, D.C.-area organized a series of "tribute" runs, Saturday. They were designed to display solidarity with the runners and spectators who participated in this week's Boston Marathon, where three people died from bomb blasts.
"You know, we [runners are] one big family... and our family was attacked on Monday," explained Arlington systems engineer Doug Cassaro, who used Twitter to invite people to a tribute run. "We're just showing our support. Doing what we love."
Cassaro's invitation garnered about 30 runners who assembled outside the Maryland Avenue entrance of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. Thirty runners and one dog.
At a relatively slow pace, the group jogged over to the National Mall, where there are gravel running paths. Two sisters who live in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood explained why they came.
"There's sort of a desire to do something. And it seems like a good way to kind of remember what happened, and, sort of in a productive way," said 26-year-old Anjali Shrikhande. Her 24-year-old sister Adria Shrikhande added that the tribute run is a way to, "honor the victims... We can't be there to support them, right now, so I think it's a good way to show our support from here."
Tenley Ludewig, a resident of Capitol Hill, said she joined the run to demonstrate that, "we need to not be afraid, and we've got to keep going on."
After about a two mile spin around the National Mall, the group paused as the runners neared their starting point. They exchanged smiles and handshakes. Some in the group then jogged toward the Metro to get to their weekend chores. Most decided to keep running on a sunny Saturday in Washington.
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