Runners Show Up For Nationwide Event For Boston
EAST STROUDSBURG — It’s been one week since the horrific bombings during the Boston Marathon killed three, maimed at least a dozen and wounded more than 150 others.
The bombing left the country in shock and mourning.
It has also motivated people to get out and run, in a show of solidarity for Boston.
In a show of strength and solidarity, runners rounded the elevated trail at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg for a common purpose: the city of Boston.
Many came sporting blue and yellow colors, representing the colors of the Boston Marathon’s gear.
“I know a lot of people from the Boston area and I think that it helps Boston to know that there are people across the country that want to support them,“ said Laurie Favini of East Stroudsburg.
The run was part of a nationwide event, put on by specialty running stores in several cities, all kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Trish D`Imperio, owner of Ready, Set, Run in Stroudsburg, organized the local run.
“The whole thing has just been very shocking and you can`t make sense of it, just feel for the people up there, the runners and the spectators and the families, for everyone,” said D’Imperio.
“There’s always something good that comes out of something horrible and I think it will just make everyone more solid and more supportive of the United States, “said Linda Males of East Stroudsburg.
The runners said marathon races are all about stamina and endurance. They said they know far too well what it means to overcome adversity.
“We want America to get its confidence back and come together and show that the terrorists are not going to beat us, “said Bill Papa of Pocono Pines.
“Can`t let anyone stop you, can`t stop living and that`s why we`re all here, they can`t knock us down,” said Jim Ellman of Canadenis.