The running community in the Tri-Cities is a close-knit group.
Literally within a few hours after sending out an initial e-mail with plans of a memorial run and walk for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Spring Lake native Eric Nash said he had dozens of replies back indicating that the idea was spreading throughout the community.
“I just thought it would be a good idea to bring this tragedy to the attention of the local running community, because we are quite close,” he said. “We thought it would be a nice gesture to honor those victims.”
Nash said the memorial run/walk will be held Friday, beginning at farmer’s market lot in Chinook Pier in Grand Haven at 7 p.m. The group will proceed on the boardwalk to the South Pier and back. The event is intended to be a fun event and will be held rain or shine.
“I can’t predict how many, but we’re expecting a great turnout,” Nash said. “The weather might be a little wild, but I think people will brave it out.”
Those who participate in the event are encouraged to wear green, which represents the city of Boston.
A pair of explosions ripped through the finish line of the popular Boston Marathon on Monday. The pressure cooker-style bombs killed three spectators and injured more than 175.
There were an estimated 200 runners from West Michigan who competed in the marathon and as many as 12 from the Tri-Cities. No local runners were seriously injured during the blasts.
Nash said longtime Boston Marathon competitor Todd Losee was hoping to participate in the event, and his wife, Diane, had also confirmed that she’ll be there.