Hundreds of Calgarians gathered along the banks of the Bow River this weekend to show their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Some of the runners were at the Boston Marathon, and chose to wear those signature blue jackets at the “Run for Boston” here in Calgary.
“I heard the explosion,” said one runner, Paul Miller. “I turned around and saw the smoke go up and I knew something bad had happened, but I couldn’t see the carnage or anything and then the second explosion went off.
Miller crossed the finish line just 90 seconds before the first bomb went off. He was separated for two hours from his wife, Janet, who was stopped on the course while the area was cordoned off.
“The Run for Boston” was organized by a student at SAIT in less than a week. Trevor Hofbauer’s work even earned praise from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who showed his solidarity by wearing his Harvard Jacket.
Hofbauer says, “It’s nice to have someone stand up and say let’s do something to counter the negative effects of other people.”
This likely won’t be the only run planned to show support for the victims of the Boston bombings and some runners, including the Millers, say they’ll be returning to the Boston Marathon next year.
With files from Tracy Nagai.