Reporting Colin Smith
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 40 Twin Cities runners gathered on St. Anthony Main on Monday, jogging along the Mississippi River to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The event, organized by a Minneapolis running group, is part of a national movement to show solidarity for those affected by the tragedy.
“To have the high of finishing followed by the low of something so horrible was such a shock,” said Jordan Deckenboch of Minneapolis, who participated in the BostonStrong run one week after finishing the Boston Marathon. “Long distance running is about endurance and pushing on in the face of pain so coming together with runners … touches everybody.”
Deckenboch finished the Boston Marathon about an hour before the bombs exploded in Copley Square.
The scene was similar in some 110 other American cities on Monday, all of them united in their support.
“It’s a good way to reflect and (honor) a moment of silence for those killed,” said Christine Carroll, a Bethel University student and long distance runner.
Joggers snaked through Minneapolis for 3-8 miles, then met back at the Wilde Roast Cafe for a quick breakfast.
Runners even had their own super fan.
“It’s really inspirational to see all of them out here this morning,” said Patrick Crow, who held a homemade ‘Boston Strong’ sign — complete with attached American flag. “I know how much this tragedy has affected all of us and to see that (emotion) on display — it’s really touching.”