San Diego runners are ‘Boston Strong’

SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of San Diegans put on their running shoes Monday evening to remember the victims from last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

“That awesome moment of silence was incredible,” said Jenn Simpson, event organizer.

photo-6The “Boston Strong San Diego” run drew a large crowd to Mission Bay, where people of all ages and athletic levels joined in to show Boston they care.

“That helpless feeling of not being able to be there and help,” said Denise Nasrawi, a participant. “Was overwhelming. But when we heard about this we knew we could contribute by showing up as a group of runners and showing our support for runners everywhere”

The athletes said they won’t let the Boston bombings deter them from doing what they love.

“Bottom line,” said Jonas Lazo, a participant. “It’s try not to be fearful. And to say that we are here as a community and just do what Americans are supposed to be doing and be free and enjoy it.”

Among the runners and walkers were people from all walks of life.

“Knowing that we’re in this together,” said Marcia Gibert, another participant. “I’m an immigrant but I’m a U.S. citizen now and that’s what is important. I love this country and, even though I have roots in another country, this is the country that has given me an opportunity. I love this country for it and I’m going to fight for it.”

The idea for Boston Strong runs started with the pavementrunner.com blogger in San Francisco. He urged cities everywhere to organize runs for Boston. More than 100 cities have already joined in from around the world.

“We just decided, sure, we’ll do it for San Diego,” said Melissa Kirkham, another event organizer. “And it’s just launched off. There’s Boston Strong Phillipines. There’s Boston Strong Ireland, London, Canada. I mean it’s really taken off.”