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Chicago runners gather to honor Boston victims

Meg Sullivan, training program manager of the Chicago Area Runners Association, high-fives participants at the end of a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Meg Sullivan, training program manager of the Chicago Area Runners Association, high-fives participants at the end of a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Runners participate in a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Runners participate in a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Jen Newsom of Chicago gets ready to participate in a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Jen Newsom of Chicago gets ready to participate in a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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Runners gathered at Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago this evening to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Chicago Area Runners Association in the morning organized the Boston Marathon Unity Run, spreading the word with media that included Facebook.

"We will go for a short run as a sign of solidarity. All paces welcome," the Facebook "event" said.

Facebook recorded 237 people going to the run, which had been mapped out to be just under 3 miles. Runners followed a path all in a lakefront park, with Cricket Hill being the turnaround point.

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