Runners Unite and Organize on Twitter with #RunForBoston Hashtag
Runners are a very unified group and have a special connection whenever they meet a fellow runner. Running takes so much dedication, training, and work. While people have different motives for running, it’s being a runner that brings them together. Runners form up an unofficial community but they always got another runners back; in light of the tragedy in Boston, Twitter has become an organizing point for runners.
I will #runforboston today
— track and field(@trackproblems) April 16, 2013
Using the hastag #RunForBoston, many runners have posted various tributes to those injured and lost in the Boston act of terror. Some people have tweeted photos of their shoes, and other momentos related to racing. A large number of runners are wearing their running shirts today in honor of those injured and lost. Many are organizing impromptu runs in cities all across the nation to show solidarity, strength, and support. Some of those runs are solo while others are with groups.
One runner is even asking people to put their miles ran onto a Google Spreadsheet – as explained here:
In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon we were left wanting to join together to show our support. Some of us are runners, some are joggers, some are walkers, and some are lacing up for the first time; all of us want to #RunForBoston. Go out and run your miles or walk your block, then come back here and share your run.
These miles aren’t about raising money, but about showing our support for the runners, families, rescuers, and Bostonians. They are about being a part of something bigger than ourselves and being a part of a community. Log as many runs as you like for as long as you like, I’ll keep the form active and share totals periodically.
— Becca Obergefell (@OberBecca) April 16, 2013
We’ve also found a bunch of Albany area runners who have used the hashtag to support this impromptu tribute, including @showinmytweets from Troy:
— Ang Meliski (@showinmytweets) April 16, 2013
And also from
@rosie_osberg in Ballston Spa;
— Rosalie Osberg (@rosie_osberg) April 16, 2013