"Unity Run" honors victims, displays solidarity

"Unity Run" honors victims, displays solidarity
April 16, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Dayana Sarkisova

CHICAGO, IL. – In the aftermath of Monday’s tragedy, residents of Chicago will display the solidarity and resilience of mankind by honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon with a “Unity Run.”

The event, organized by the Chicago Area Runners Association, will begin at the Foster Avenue beach house at 6 p.m. A route of approximately three miles has been mapped out by the association, with all paces welcome to join the event.

 “We will show that this one incident mars our sport, but it won’t stop us from doing what we do and being who we are,” executive director Wendy Jaehn stated.

Jaehn is expected to be on site to speak on behalf of the association prior to the run. A moment of silence is also scheduled to take place before runners ascend upon the mapped route.  

Over 100 CARA members are known to have been registered for the Boston Marathon, with the majority being accounted for following Monday’s events.

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While the event has been organized to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon, Jaehn explains that the event is also meant to help the Chicago running community heal in the best way they know how.   

“We aim to show that regardless of whether we are in Boston or not, we are all affected by this,” explained Jaehn. “We are thinking about our fellow runners and we will show that we will get through this and continue to be active in the running community.”

More details regarding tonight’s event, including access to the route’s map, can be found on the Facebook page here.