Southtowns Solidarity Run held in Hamburg on Saturday.
BUFFALO, NY - Running enthusiasts -- and those simply wishing to show their support for the victims of Monday's horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon -- gathered in Delaware Park Sunday morning for the Boston Marathon Solidarity Run.
Hundreds took part in the community-wide display of solidarity with the people of Boston. They were also collecting donations for the Red Cross and One Fund Boston, the official fund for bombing victims. More than $14,000 was raised through the run.
This grassroots event was organized by Beth Weinberg.
"Buffalo is an amazing community, I'm so glad to live here," she said. "We're the City of Good Neighbors ... everyone is so supportive and friendly and wants to help."
According to the Boston Marathon Solidarity Run Facebook page, more than 1,100 people out of about 7,000 who had been invited stated their intention to participate. The run was free and open to anyone who wanted to come.
Another solidarity run was held in the Southtowns on Saturday. Marcia Stocum Gray-Wilkerson posted the attached photo to the 2 On Your Side Facebook page showing runners outside Brierwood TRX Training and Wellness in Hamburg.
The Associated Press is reporting that thousands of runners in New York City and across the world are also showing their solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
More than 6,000 runners finished Sunday's Run for the Parks, a four-mile run in Central Park that was planned before Monday's attacks.
Organizers sold "I Run for Boston" T-shirts with proceeds going to One Fund Boston.
Other "Run for Boston" events have taken place worldwide, with many runners wearing blue and yellow, the official Boston Marathon colors.
More than 500 runners gathered Saturday in St. Louis for a Unity Run. In San Francisco, about 400 people ran Friday along the Embarcadero. A run christened "Boston Strong San Diego" is planned for Monday.
Sunday's London Marathon started with a moment of silence.