Running to support solidarity in Boston

By Erica Motter
Assistant Editor

April 18, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jodie Smith.

Photo courtesy of Jodie Smith.

It takes strength, determination, and persistence to complete a marathon.

On Monday, the world was rocked by the tragedy in Boston, when a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Three people died: an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman and a graduate student from China. In addition, over one hundred people were injured by shrapnel during the bombing.

According to, “The two identical pressure-cooker bombs — each with the capacity to hold six liters of liquid, according to a Boston law enforcement source — blew up seconds and a short distance apart on Boston’s Boylston Street. They contained BB-like pellets and nails, the FBI’s DesLauriers said, causing even more damage.”

CNN also reported that 13 people needed to have limbs amputated as a consequence.

According to ABC News, 63 people remain in six Boston hospitals, and of those 12 are in critical condition.

To show their solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a group of Lock Haven students ran together in an event on Wednesday.

“We’re out here to provide support and pay our respect,” said Sean Macmillen, president of the LHU Student Veteran’s Organization.

Macmillen, who organized the event only two days after the incident, thought that running would be a good way to honor those injured in the marathon.

Although the event was organized quickly, there were still about 20 runners who completed the event, some wearing kilts to represent Boston’s heritage.

Some of the runners were part of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization that promotes veteran solidarity through physical and social activity.

Other runners included veterans, members of the American Legion, the women’s lacrosse team, and local runners.

The group started at the bell tower on campus, ran along the dike to the YMCA and then back. The total distance of their run was about two miles.

The runners were fortunate enough to have the weather cooperate for their run.

“We couldn’t have picked a better day,” said Megan Donahay, criminal justice, junior, who ran in the event.

Donahay, a veteran, lamented the tragedy and its repercussions.

“There’s plenty of other chaos that’s going on in the world… it’s to the point now where people aren’t going to want to go to events because in the back of their minds they’re afraid there will be another bombing,” said Donahay.  “It’s just devastating.”

While news continues to flow out of Boston about the details of the tragedy, the coming days remain unsure.

However, it is clear than in Lock Haven and other places in the nation, people will continue to come out to show their support for the victims.

“We want to show that we’re not afraid,” MacMillen.

Photo courtesy of Jodie Smith. Women's lacrosse team showing their support for Boston.

Photo courtesy of Jodie Smith.
Women’s lacrosse team showing their support for Boston.


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