Five American University students show their support at Saturday morning's DC RUNS FOR BOSTON. The crew, two of whom are Massachusetts natives, sported homemade "Boston Strong" t-shirts.
It's been nearly two weeks since the tragic attacks at the Boston Marathon. A group of early-risers came together Saturday to show their support for one of the country's oldest cities.
A small crowd gathered in front of Union Station this morning to take part in DC RUNS FOR BOSTON, an informal 5/10k.
District resident Jake DiGregorio, originally from Worcester, Mass., ran in the Boston Marathon last year. He says he can only imagine what it was like for runners nearing the finish line, as their feelings of elation quickly turned to horror.
"That was a really tough moment, to know that people who just turned that corner and saw the finish line for the first time and had that big smile on their face were faced with something so horrific and unimaginable in that same instant," says DiGregorio.
He says he wanted to do something for Boston, so he planned an informal run with friends, who told their friends, who told their friends, and the event snowballed from there. Word quickly spread through social media, attracting participants such as Brittany Delaney, who says she's originally from Boston and grew up along Boylston Street.
"I'm here because I know quite a few people who were affected, who were at the finish line when the bomb exploded... So I'm here for them," she says.
Participants held a moment of silence before taking off down Massachusetts Avenue.