Running store hosts community run/walk in support of Boston

May 7, 2013

By Staff

Runners gather outside Plateau Runner before the start of the Boston Strong Sammamish run/walk April 22. Contributed

Runners gather outside Plateau Runner before the start of the Boston Strong Sammamish run/walk April 22. Contributed

Local runners and walkers joined in a recent nationwide memorial to support the city of Boston and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Boston Strong Sammamish run and walk drew nearly 100 participants from Sammamish, Issaquah and Redmond to Plateau Runner, the local specialty running store that sponsored the event. Wearing green headbands and armbands, participants ran or walked a 3-mile course in solidarity.

“We had families pushing baby strollers, kids from local middle and high schools, even some Boston Marathon racers,” Plateau Runner store owner Elizabeth Steen said. “It was heartwarming to see the community turn out to support Boston.”

The grassroots Boston Strong movement organized similar runs throughout the country. Steen said she first heard about the event from a customer, who got her in touch with the website pavementrunner.com. Along with posting on that website, Steen created a Facebook page for Boston Strong Sammamish and emailed the store’s customers about the run.

“I posted on Facebook on a Thursday and was amazed at how fast word spread about the run,” Steen wrote in an email. “I think people wanted to do something to show support for the victims and the entire city of Boston, and a community event like this appealed to them. We were so happy to be a part of this.”

 

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