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Nearly 3,000 turn out in Raleigh for Boston Memorial Run

Posted April 21, 2013

— Nearly 3,000 runners hit the pavement Sunday in downtown Raleigh to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last week.

Those who showed up at Moore Square for the 3-mile Boston Memorial Run said they were there to show solidarity and their support for Boston.

Three people were killed in the pair of blasts, and more than 180 people were injured. About 50 people were still listed in critical condition Sunday.

"I was about 200 feet from the second bomb when it went off," said Maureen Stavis. "The smell, the noise, the screams, the chaos was unbelievable."

Kaz Yahyapour, race director for the Tobacco Road Marathon, helped organize the 3-mile Boston Memorial Run.

Yahyapour had crossed the Boston Marathon finish line about 15 minutes before the first explosion Monday.

He said he was expecting about 300 runners.

Many runners who crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon said they did so for those who couldn't on Monday.

"If anything, it has made us stronger. I think this is sort of the recovery phase," said Joe Stavis. "Runners go through the recovery phase after they run. They need to heal, let their muscles, body, mind and spirit all come back together to be stronger."


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  • cashfb Apr 22, 2013

    Got some great pics at the Boston Memorial Run on Sunday!

    You get a great pic and we help the people impacted by this tragedy.
    Here are the albums:
    http://bit.ly/BosMemRun1 Start Line 3:00pm - 3:08pm
    http://bit.ly/BosMemRun2 Turn Around 3:08pm-3:42pm
    http://bit.ly/BosMemRun3 Finish pt1 3:17pm - 3:45pm
    http://bit.ly/BosMemRun4 Finish pt2 3:45pm - 3:52pm

  • Missy93 Apr 22, 2013

    This was a great event. My family & friends enjoyed it!

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 22, 2013

    Why isn't there a run to remember the people that died in Texas explosion? I mean more people were killed and injured in Texas then in the Boston. -rk1115

    RK1115, why sit silent? Create an event and the people will come.

  • WFrules Apr 22, 2013

    BTW. This event and support was awesome! Totally worth it!

  • WFrules Apr 22, 2013

    rk1115: This event was to support the runners and families of those that were injured during the bomb attack. The Texas explosion was bad and I'm sorry to see it happen, but it's a totally different incident. What I mean by that is the running event organized is something that affects all of us, even people who don't run. Anyone who likes to stay fit, enjoy sports in a stadium, invite family, etc. is linked to this. The Texas explosion as I said was bad and I'm sorry to see this happen, but it's a different issue and not comparing apples to apples. Hope you understand.

  • SteelThis Apr 22, 2013

    Go ahead and organize it RK and I'm sure people will show up.

  • Raleighmomof3 Apr 22, 2013

    I guess because this was an event for runners to support other runners.

  • rk1115 Apr 22, 2013

    Why isn't there a run to remember the people that died in Texas explosion? I mean more people were killed and injured in Texas then in the Boston