Philly runners lace up in wake of Boston Marathon tragedy [photos]

    Members of several Philadelphia running groups teamed up Thursday evening to show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Monday’s blasts killed three people and left more than 100 people injured as runners approached the finish line and their cheerleaders looked on. Runners from Phliadelphia’s clubs made it home safely and helped organize their groups for Thursday’s tribute event.

    “There is no organized program, Fishtown Beer Runners member David April explained. “Just an opportunity for people to be together, make new friends and build on the camaraderie that running naturally cultivates and should be cherished in the wake of tragic incidents like this.”

    Fishtown Beer Runners, South Philly Striders, West Philly Runners, Fairmount Running Co/Fairmount Runners and Philadelphia Runner Center City all took part in Thursday’s run. Groups began in their respective neighborhoods, met at City Hall and continued toward Old City’s historic area down a closed Market Street.

    As April explained, “Bringing everyone in the running community together for a group run is perhaps the best way for us runners to show support in a respectful manner.”

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