By: Bill Schammert
More than 1,000 runners turned up Monday night in downtown Lincoln to show their support for the Boston bombing victims in the best way they knew how, by running.
It's part of the nationwide "Runners for Boston" event. Organized by independent running companies, the event was held in several cities around the country to raise money for the bombing victims.
"Everyone is saying they are so proud of Lincoln," Ann Ringlein, manager at Lincoln Running Company, said. "I'm so proud of us doing this, [runners] help everyone, we're just that type of people."
Lincoln runner, Brian Robertson, was just past mile 26 in Boston last Monday, about 200-yards from the finish line, when he saw the white smoke.
"Then there was a second explosion, a prominent white flash, and all of us stopped and realized something wasn't right," he said.
For him, and so many others, running Monday night is about giving back, and staying strong in the face of a terrifying reality.
"I think it's wonderful. People root for each other no matter what and the runners are full of life," he said.
The printing and the "Runners for Boston" T-shirts were all paid for by the Lincoln Running Company. That means all of the money raised will go directly to the bombing victims and their families.
"If we write a check for $20,000, maybe it's a drop in the bucket," Ringlein said. "But if there are 500 stores across the nation doing this, then that's good."
When all was totaled up, $28,000 was raised in the fun run through downtown Lincoln. Even hundreds who couldn't make it Monday donated money in support.
Showing, like the whole country, Lincoln too is Boston-strong.