Columbia runners to show support for Boston

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 7:25 p.m. CDT; updated 10:08 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — Orlando, Fla.; Minneapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Des Moines, Iowa. The list of cities across the nation holding runs to show support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last week goes on and on. 

Come Saturday, you can add Columbia to that list.

The Boston Strong CoMO 5K Run and Walk will be held Saturday morning at Stephens Lake Park. Registration is free, and participants are encouraged to wear Boston-themed clothing or blue and yellow, the colors of the Boston Marathon, in support of the city.

"It's free, very informal, and is just a small way for the community to remember those runners, supporters and victims affected by the Boston bombings," organizer Casey Millburg of Columbia said.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, 11 people were listed as "going" to the event on Facebook.

"We currently don’t know how many people will come," Millburg said, "But we’d be thrilled to get as many people as we can." 

Before the race begins, there will be a moment of silence.

Instructions on the event's Facebook page say, “At 9:30 am we'll raise our hands making a number 1 to signify we stand as one with Boston and the victims; when you raise your hand, go silent.”

Millburg was inspired to organize the 5K when she saw similar events happening in other cities.

“I was reading through a few articles online and I saw an event that happened in San Diego called Boston Strong San Diego,”  Millburg said. “We thought it was a very fitting way to show support from the running and walking communities.”

Millburg credited support from organizations around the city, such as Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and Columbia Track Club, for helping to quickly coordinate the event.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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