Runners of all stripes gathered early Friday morning at the Ferry Building in San Francisco as a tribute to all those affected by the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon.
"We're running for Boston," said Ciara Viehweg, a former cross country and track star at the University of California, Los Angeles who now works for Jumping Fences, an event production company that puts on the San Francisco marathon.
"A lot of people wanted to show their support," the 26-year-old said. "This is a solidarity run."
The run drew about 400 people who ran four miles along the Embarcadero. The tight-knit running community simply wanted to show runners all over the country, but especially in Boston, that despite the twin blasts on Monday that killed three and injured about 170, nothing and no one can stop them from doing what they love most: Running.
"It was so wonderful," Viehweg said after the run. "It was a great turnout. We're here on the West Coast, but we were looking for some way to support everyone in Boston."