Small runners' tribute to Boston victims grows bigger in Portland

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Small runners' tribute to Boston victims grows bigger in Portland

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Posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 9:43 AM

PORTLAND – The Portland Triathlon Club will be holding a Boston Solidarity and Remembrance Run Wednesday evening to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., near the Vera Katz statue on the East Bank Esplanade. Hundreds of people have RSVP’d.

“Wear a race shirt or--if you're in a running club--wear that to show your support,” said Portland Triathlon president Zach Weins. “We'll have some black arm bands to show solidarity and remembrance of people who were injured and lost their lives.”

The 3-mile run and walk will be free and open to all levels.

Running isn’t the only way that Portlanders have been showing support for the Boston victims. Many people wore jerseys to work on Tuesday, as a show of solidarity for the nation following the deadly attack of terrorism.

Portland Marathon officials have dedicated the October event to the memory of those who died and were injured. Organizers have also created a T-shirt, and proceeds will go to the victims.

A Portland sports store held a special event Tuesday night. Run for a Runner came together outside the Foot Traffic store on Northeast Fremont Street, with the goal of "running together with thoughts to those in Boston,” organizers said.

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