Mon., April 22, 2013 3:22pm (EDT)

Georgia Hosts Boston Solidarity Runs
By Claire Simms
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Updated: 12 months ago

COLUMBUS, Ga.   —  
Runners in Decatur, Georgia take part in run in honor of Boston Marathon bombing victims on April 16, 2013.
Runners in Decatur, Georgia take part in run in honor of Boston Marathon bombing victims on April 16, 2013.
Employees at Big Dog Running Company in Columbus knew they wanted to show their support for the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings. To do that, they and runners all over the state have scheduled “Boston Solidarity Runs.”

“It’s definitely something that we can all pull together and do for the folks up in Boston,” explained Jennifer Williams, marketing and social media coordinator for Big Dog Running. “Our running community had people up there running the race and so, it definitely not only affected us, but the whole community here.”

Most of the runs in Georgia were scheduled for between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m Monday.

Some stores including Big Dog ordered “Runners for Boston” t-shirts that people could pick up with a $20 donation to One Fund Boston, the official charity to support those impacted by the tragedy.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward that fund,” said Williams. “Runners travel all over the country and all over the world for different races and Boston is a very special race to a lot of people. People spend years planning and preparing and training for a race like this—trying to qualify for a race like this. So, really when you think about it, it is far geographically, but it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts and minds and especially in this sport where you do travel and train for things and try and qualify for things. It really makes the whole world a lot smaller.”

Solidarity Runs for Boston Monday April 22, 2013

Athens


Athens Road Runners and Athens Running Company


• 6:30 p.m.


• Bottleworks, Prince Avenue


• $5 Suggested donation to One Fund Boston

Acworth


PTS Sports


• 6:30 p.m.


• 4857 North Main Street


• 3 mile run


• $20 “Runners for Boston” t-shirts available, proceeds go to One Fund Boston

Atlanta


Big Peach Running Company


• 6:30 p.m.


• Locations in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Kennesaw, Marietta, Midtown, Suwanee


• Wear Boston Marathon gear or blue and yellow


• Will hold moment of silence prior to run


• Suggested donation to One Fund Boston


Phidippides


• 6:30 p.m.


• Ansley Mall (Midtown,) 1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta


• 3 mile run


• Afterwards, share your Boston Marathon stories


• Suggested donation to One Fund Boston

Columbus


Big Dog Running Company


• 6:00 p.m.


• 5K run/walk


• Free to participate


• $20 for “Runners for Boston” t-shirt, proceeds to go to One Fund Boston

Middle Georgia


Run Fit Sports


• 6:30 p.m.


• Locations in Macon, Warner Robins, McDonough


• Wear blue or yellow


• Reserve a “Runners for Boston” t-shirt for a $20 donation to One Fund Boston

Social Circle


• 7:00 p.m.


• Pinnacle Bank


• 3 mile run