Louisville runners show support for Boston

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dozens of people gathered Wednesday to pay their respects and pray for the victims of the Boston bombings. A vigil was held at the Fleet Feet Sports store on Taylorsville Road.

The owner of the store, Jeff Wells, ran in the Boston Marathon and witnessed the aftermath of the blasts. He described those terrifying moments when he realized what had happened. “I don’t know how I knew,” he said, “I don’t know why I knew. But, I knew what it was immediately. And my first instinct was to run toward the scene to see if I could help.”

The group took a few minutes at Fleet Feet before their run to reflect on what brought them there. Speaking of those who committed the violent acts, Jeffrey Johnson said, “There are more of us than there are of them, and we’re going to prove that tonight.” Jennifer Walker, also there to run, said, “It’s shocking to us, and it’s disturbing. I can’t imagine what it would be like having to be one of the families having to deal with the repercussions.”

With a little inspiration, a quiet moment of prayer, and a group picture in front of a sign that said “Louisville loves Boston,” they became part of Run for Boston 4/17. “There’s communities all over the world right now that are having Run for Boston today and this is my effort for Louisville to participate,” explained Wells.

The guidelines were simple. Gather your friends, pick a place, wear blue or yellow, the colors of the Boston Marathon, take a picture and show the world you stand with Boston. “Even though we got punched,” Wells said, “We didn’t go down, and that’s what I’m taking away from it.”

Each stride, leaving footprints across the world in support of lives lost and forever changed in Boston.
 

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