Local Runners Pay Tribute to Boston Victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Tuesday night about 30 runners got together for a special vigil and 2.62 mile run around Marshall University’s campus in honor of victims in Boston.

The Huntington Road Runners group began the event with a moment of silence and prayer. They then lit two candles, one blue and one yellow, the official colors of the Boston Marathon.

Marshall senior Ricky Campbell organized the event. He ran in the Boston Marathon last year.

"We won't stop," Campbell said. "Something like that is not going to make us stop doing what we love to do."

Another local event paying tribute to victims in Boston is planned for this weekend.

Pat Riley, president of TriStateRacer.com, says they’re having a marathon fund run Sunday at 3 p.m. at Hurricane's Waves of Fun park.

The Mountain State Centers for Independent Living helps those in the area with disabilities.

Following Monday’s explosions, many victims will now be disabled the rest of their lives.

That group is reaching out by taking 10 percent of the proceeds from their upcoming 5k to donate to Boston Marathon victims.

"We want to make sure they continue to live independently,” Nina Webb, who’s chairing the 5k, said. “That is always our goal, and we want to make sure they continue to do that."

They're encouraging other organizations that host races to also donate 10 percent of their proceeds to Boston victims.

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