Wear Blue or Yellow and ‘Run for Boston 4/17’: Runners Rallying to Honor Boston Bombing Victims

Groups are organizing to “Run for Boston” Wednesday. They are being encouraged to wear yellow or blue — the colors of the Boston Marathon finish line — to show solidarity. (Photo via Run for Boston 4/17/Facebook)

Still reeling from the tragic events occurring at the Boston Marathon Monday, runners nationwide are banding together Wednesday to “Run for Boston.”

Chris Field, a marathon organizer in Texas, started off asking if local runners would like to get together to show support for the victims of the bombings, which killed three and injured more than 170. Soon afterward, he expanded his idea, creating the Facebook page “Run for Boston 4/17“.

“This is a tangible, meaningful way we can come together and say ‘I care about this. This matters to me,'” Field told TheBlaze in a phone interview Wednesday. “Particularly in tragedies, we want ways to show how deeply we care. This is something we can do.”

Here’s the idea:

1) Gather your friends
2) Pick a place
3) Wear blue or yellow (the colors of the Boston Marathon finish line)
4) Take a picture with a “Run for Boston” sign and post it on the Facebook page here.

Within 24 hours, the Facebook page for the nationwide event had nearly 15,000 “likes” and many on Twitter under #runforboston were organizing or voicing their solidarity with the event.

Field, who runs the non-profit MercyProject, which hosts the annual BCS Marathon, said the show of participation he has seen so far for Run for Boston has been “incredible.”

“It will really make a strong statement to the City of Boston,” the avid marathoner said.

Some cities and running groups have already seen displays of running support for Boston. More than 200 runners in Kalamazoo, Mich., gathered Tuesday evening wearing bibs with the Boston skyline and text reading “Runners United to Remember.”

Those who had previously been solo runners met up with running groups in Minnesota, doubling the group’s usual size. Watch this report showing the solidarity of runners in the area turning out to support Boston:

And a crowd of about 1,000 turned out in Miami, Fla., Tuesday to honor victims by running themselves. Here are pictures of the event:

Mourning in Boston and around the world continued as well. Here are photos from Tuesday’s vigils:

Share your pictures of running for Boston to TheBlaze by emailing lklimas@theblaze.com.

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