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Over a thousand Halifax runners ran the first kilometre of a 30 minute Boston Memorial run in silence at Point Pleasant Park on Monday evening. The run was to remember those who lost their lives or were injured at the Boston Marathon last week.
HALIFAX - Marie-Claude Gregoire wasn’t surprised when more than 1,000 runners showed up to Point Pleasant Park.
A sea of blue and yellow jackets swept through the park on a chilly Monday evening as runners paid a silent tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“It really shows the connection between Halifax and Boston in a very tight-knit running community,” said Gregoire, co-organizer of the Boston Memorial Run. “We were all very shocked by what was happening last Monday.
Gregoire, who was sporting her blue and yellow striped Boston Marathon jacket, made the Facebook group Runners Grieve By Running after last week’s bombings killed three people and injured more than 180 others.
“It was so tragic. I think people just wanted to get together, support each other and come to some form of closure,” said Gregoire.
Before the run commenced, Richard Riley, U.S. Consulate General of Atlantic Canada, expressed his gratitude to the crowd of more than 1000 people for their support.
“The motto for this evening’s race is ‘Boston strong,’” he said. “But I would not only say it’s Boston strong, but Halifax strong as well.”
Marissa Ayotte and Matt Stickland were showing their support by selling ‘Blunosers for Bostonians’ shirts. The duo, who are hoping to raise $1,000, are donating their proceeds to the victims of the bombings.
“Halifax and Boston have always had a pretty close relationship,” said Stickland. “It’s nice to be able to do something as someone who lives in Halifax and is also a runner.”
Shawn Lewis of Halifax and his two daughters came out to show their support. Lewis, who has completed the marathon five times, said the bombings won’t stop him from going back next year.
“If we let the people who did this break our spirits, then they won,” says Lewis.
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