Charleston runners to show support for Boston with 5K run

Published: Apr. 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM EDT
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Map of Sunday's run route. (Source: Adrienne Levy)
Map of Sunday's run route. (Source: Adrienne Levy)
Runners during the Cooper River Bridge Run.
Runners during the Cooper River Bridge Run.(Live 5/File)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry runners are hitting the streets of downtown Charleston this weekend to show their support for the victims rocked by explosions at the Boston Marathon.

The Charleston Run For Boston will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. at Colonial Lake. The run will begin at the corner of Broad St. and Ashley Ave. and will include a 3-mile loop downtown.

Adrienne Levy with the Low County Road Runners says she was devastated by news of the bombing and wanted to do something to show support.

"The Charleston community has such a strong running base, so I thought the only thing that makes sense is to organize a group run," Levy said.

Levy put her plans for the run on her Twitter account, (@adriennelevy) and the idea took off.

"Fortunately as news started to travel through Twitter, everyone else really wanted to run as well," she said.

Runners, joggers, and walkers are all invited to attend the run. Those participating are also encouraged to wear their favorite race shirt.

Levy says the run will begin with a moment of silence for the victims of the two explosions that occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Officials say the explosions resulted in three deaths and over 150 people were injured.

For Levy, the Run for Boston is also about sending a message.

"Runners are strong, we have spirit, and we are going to keep on running," Levy said.

The run is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. Donations to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the Boston Children's Hospital will be accepted at the event.

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