Runners show support one week after Boston Marathon attack

Runners observe a moment of silence, participate in runs for Boston, and more one week after the Boston Marathon attacks. Photo: Boston Marathon runner cheers runners-Darron Cummings/AP

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013—It’s been one week since twin bombings at the Boston Marathon killed 3 people and injured more than 170 others. Runners all over the world have been taking part in unofficial runs for Boston, observing moments of silence at the start of races like the Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2012, and donating money to The One Fund Boston, set up to help families most affected by the attack.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and organizers of The One Fund Boston are asking residents of Boston and Massachusetts to observe for a minute of silence at 2:50 p.m. today. The White House also announced that President Barack Obama would privately observe a minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

Today, to coincide with the one-week anniversary of the attack, here are a few more ways you can show your solidarity with Boston and everyone affected by the bombings.

Run For Boston Online

Join NYCRUNS for Runners For Relief: A Virtual 5K Supporting Boston Marathon Bombing Victims. NYCRUNS is an organization I’ve worked with in the past that aims to bring more running events to the New York Metro Area. But anyone, anywhere can take part in this run.

Here’s how it works:

Sign up today, April 22 at
Run or walk your 5K anywhere you want and record your time.
At 3 p.m. Monday, NYCRUNS will send all participants instructions on how to report their times.
You must submit your time by the end of the day Tuesday.
All participants will be entered into a random draw to win a free entry into every remaining NYCRUNS race this year. That includes a series of 5Ks all summer long and the Brooklyn Marathon in November, among other races.
On Wednesday, NYCRUNS will announce the winners.

Entry into the virtual 5K is $25 and all proceeds will be donated to The One Fund Boston. For more information or to register, visit

Run For Boston Around The World

Brian Kelley of has launched #BostonStrong, a grassroots global campaign that encourages runners to put together “A Run for Boston in Your City.”

Kelley wrote that #BostonStrong is:

“A run for us to unite and show our strength.
A run for those that were unable to finish.
A run for those that may never run again.
A run for us to try and make sense of the tragedy that has forever changed something we love.”

So far runners in 116 cities worldwide are joining the #BostonStrong run for Boston from Paris to Seattle. Runs will take place today, Monday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. local tie, and will be between 3-4 miles. 

For more information, to find out where you can run, or list a #BostonStrong in your city, visit

A Moment of Silence In New York City

New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the ING New York City Marathon, will be observing a moment of silence to honor the victims and families of the Boston Marathon attack today at 2:50 p.m. at the ING New York City Marathon finish line.

The ING New York City Marathon is part of the same World Marathon Majors series as the Boston Marathon. NYRR, an organization I freelance for, invites runners in New York City to attend “to show our support as fellow runners in the world running community.” The marathon finish line is near the old Tavern on the Green at West 67th Street in Central Park. 

Run Now Campaign

The Run Now wristband is $2. All proceeds go to The One Fund Boston. (Photo: Run Now)

A group of leading companies in the running sphere have launched, a hub for information on volunteering, participating, donating and sharing activities to support recovery from the Boston Marathon attack and to support fundraising for The One Fund Boston.

“We can’t make sense of this senseless event and are heartbroken by the impact on so many victims and their families,” said Jim Weber, CEO of Brooks Running Company, in a press release. “At the same time, we are moved by the inspiring stories and acts of kindness by runners and community members in Boston and beyond.  We view this collective effort as the most appropriate way to memorialize those lost and inspire everyone to focus on the good we can accomplish together.”   

The Run Now initiative includes:

Pledging free race entries for partner races to 4,500 Boston Marathon participants diverted prior to the finish. 
Raising $1 million for The One Fund Boston by National Running Day on June 5, 2013.
Offering more than 100,000 “Run Now - Boston 04.15.2013” wristbands to runners at upcoming marathons and at specialty running retailers across the country. Supporters can purchase a blue and yellow “Run Now” wristband will for $2 with 100% of the proceeds going to The One Fund Boston.

Spearheading the Run Now campaign are Competitor Group, U.S. Road Sports & Entertainment Group, Brooks Running Company, MapMyFitness, Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Running Specialty Group and the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA). 

“As runners ourselves, we share in a community that is resilient, passionate, strong, united and energized, even at a time of such unimaginable tragedy. The overwhelming outcry at the tragedy among runners inspired the industry to form this coalition,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of CGI. “Run Now shows that our community and the running spirit is stronger than any terrorists’ evil intentions.  We are determined to maintain the enduring and celebratory achievement of participating in running events.  If there was ever a time to run, Run Now.

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ web show about running. She has completed six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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