DENVER — Coloradans who ran the Boston Marathon can’t seem to run away from the round-the-clock coverage of the tragedy.
The events there hold meaning for runners who weren’t even there.
At Denver’s City Park Saturday night, 9,500 runners will strap on their sneakers for The Rave Run—a nighttime 5K race.
These runners and those who ran in Boston feel a connection to the tragedy that happened so far away.
Runners register for a race in Denver, hundreds of miles from Boston. Yet, some can’t seem to escape feelings of trepidation.
“It definitely made me think about whether it was safe to come,” says runner Andrea Robinson at Runner’s Roost at 1685 S. Colorado Blvd.
The Rave Run is characterized by bright neon lights. But one color will stand out because of its symbolism.
“We’re giving out ribbons, black ribbons that people can wear on their bib or shirt to remember what happened in Boston.”
They are “Runners United to Remember” Boston, says a sign at Runner’s Roost.
Marathoner Liz Sanchez won’t soon forget.
“It’s all really upsetting. It brings back what happened on Monday. It really is hard to get away from it all,” she says.
Sanchez ran in Boston and seemingly can’t get enough distance from that tragic day—even in Denver.
“This brings back 9/11 memories and some of the general fear you have from being so close to an attack like this,” she says.
Richard Kalasky was also close to the attack—and as a paramedic helped the injured.
Today’s dramatic developments have him hoping for one thing.
“I hope the second suspect is caught alive, and it brings some, to know why, brings some closure to people. If he ends up the same as his brother, no one really knows why,” he says about a possible motive for the act of terrorism.
And at about 7 p.m. MST, those hopes were realized when police took the suspect into custody alive and conscious.
“It has kept me up for the last few nights. There have been some nightmares. It has affected me,” says Kalasky.
“We can’t let these horrible people win,” says Sanchez.
So, runners will wear black ribbons Saturday night to support and remember what happened in Boston.
Organizers of next month’s Colfax Marathon next month will also make changes to their bibs.