Wichita runners showing solidarity for City of Boston

One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated and guarded by police in the wake of two blasts in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated and guarded by police in the wake of two blasts in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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WICHITA, Kansas - Runners across Wichita are standing together during a time of grief after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Runners are showing solidarity with the help from social media and the message quickly spread on Facebook and Twitter reaching thousands of runners across the country.

They’re letting people in Boston know we’re all in this together.

You can see “Boston Marathon 2012″ written all over the shirt of Eric Maki Tuesday afternoon.

2012 was the last time the Boston native ran the race.

“You hear that roar almost half a mile away. You hear it. You feel it,” said Eric Maki, Wichita State University Director of Campus Recreation. “As you turn that corner and you look up you see beautiful buildings and all the spectators there.”

But that roar that runners would normally hear near the finish line of the Boston Marathon turned out to be loud explosions.

President Obama would call an act of terrorism costing the lives of 3 people including an 8-year-old boy and injuring 170 runners and spectators.

“To target an event like this and also to be targeting the family members of the runners on the course,” said Maki. ” No matter what course, Boston, New York, or something in Wichita you can’t comprehend or it doesn’t make any sense. It just doesn’t.”

But what does make sense to Cindy Hibbs is the sense of unity they have within the running community.

Hibbs works as a sales associate at the Go Run Wichita store in Maize.

Runners across Wichita wore their racing shirts showing solidarity to victims.

“The running community had decided today to wear race shirts to support all of those in Boston,” said Cindy Hibbs, Go Run Wichita. ” I had a lady come in this morning that had her race shirt on as well from one of the races that she had raced and support as well.”

Runners know that with the right support they can overcome the tragic finish in Boston.

Local runners will gather at Friends University near the track field Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. to hold a moment of silence for runners and spectators hurt or killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

For more information please call Go Run Wichita at (316) 6130- 2479.

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