Runners in Northwest Ohio showed their support for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at Mondayâ??s â??Solidarity Run" in Perrysburg.
Hundreds of runners, walkers, and even pets raced the 2.6-mile course at Woodland Park. Daveâ??s Performance Footgear helped organize the event after the local running community rallied for a race to raise money for One Fund Boston.
Racers stuffed several jars with donation money and purchased â??Boston: Runners United to Rememberâ?? t-shirts as they traversed the course in unity.
â??Weâ??ve gone through 800 shirts, so weâ??re guessing somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 dollars tonight, said Alan Morrison, Brand Manager for Daveâ??s Performance Footgear.
As racers approached the finish line, they say it was Boston who pushed them across.
â??Itâ??s camaraderie among runners, runners are like a big family,â?? said Robert Jones.
Zach Brinkman ran the Boston Marathon in 2012, clinging to those memories as he raced on Monday.
â??It hits close to home being there seeing the finish, and seeing everything that happened,â?? said Brinkman. He continued, â??I figured Iâ??d come down and help support everybody.â??
Those who did not attend Mondayâ??s race can still donate to the cause at www.davesrunning.com.