Charleston runners unite at 5K run for Boston

Published: Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Sunday morning, hundreds of Charleston runners hit the streets of downtown Charleston for a 5k run. It was all to show support for the Boston bombing victims.

26 seconds of silence, one for each mile of the Boston Marathon. Runners bowed their heads in remembrance of the victims before the start of the run.

Debbie Martin said, "We are from the Boston area. I have a cousin who lives right near where the bombing was, I have a niece who was in college with one of the suspects and we wanted to come out and show support."

More than 500 made their way through the streets of downtown Charleston. A few of those runners ran the Boston Marathon and some of them were able to finish the race, while others didn't get the chance.

Gary Melville a runner in the Boston Marathon said, "It was going to be my last marathon, but now it's like a feeling of incomplete. It didn't bring closure."

Melville said his family was waiting for him a block away from the finish line when the explosions happened. They managed to find him soon after.

"Could you imagine the fear that I would have had, had I heard there was an explosion at the finish line knowing my daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law were there. So I was fortunate in that respect," said Melville.

Bill Rowell was done with the marathon by the time the bombs went off.

"Everybody was glued to the TV," said Rowell.

He ran Sunday to pay his respects and plans to run the Boston Marathon again next year.

Rowell said, "This is a great event today. To see all these people out here, strollers, dogs, old people, young people, fast runners, slow runners to show their support not only for Boston, but for the running community has been tremendous."

Adrienne Levy came up with the idea of the Charleston 5k run. She posted it to Twitter and with the help of social media and the community, the turnout was bigger than she expected.

"This is what running is all about. Runners have a really strong bond together, so people who aren't runners might not really understand how this shows support but runners understand," said Levy.

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