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Albany locals join together to support Boston Marathoners

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By Lauren Mineau

News Editor

theaspnews@gmail.com

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15, local runners and citizens have banded together to show support for runners and bystanders of the Boston Marathon explosion. Social media proved itself to be a vital aspect of contacting friends, family and fellow runners as the news began to unfold.

The Albany Running Exchange, a “running and social organization” used their Facebook group to post the names of fellow runners they heard confirmation from. As many as 20 names were posted every ten minutes as the news progressed.

Many of the runners said that cell service was down in parts of Boston and Facebook was faster to update.

“It shows how the ARE is much more than just a running club – it is a running family,” said Walt Apple of ARE in a Facebook conversation with the ASP.

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On Tuesday April 16, just a day after the Boston Marathon nightmare, ARE practiced at UAlbany carrying heavier hearts than normal.

During the practice, many runners expressed they were running in support of the victims of Boston. One runner, Jack Berkery from Latham, a long time Yankees fan stopped at Sports Authority just before the run to buy his first ever Boston Red Sox cap.

Most of the runners felt the tragedy brought runners closer together and ARE plans to continue growing as a family of runners and planning excursions throughout the summer months and for years to come.

ARE holds over 2,000 group runs per year and creates a local running community for any level runner.

To follow ARE and learn more about the organization visit the ARE’s Facebook.

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