L.A.-BASED ATHELES HOLDS TRIBUTE RUN FOR BOSTON MARATHON VICTIMS

By Yvee Tadeo-Guevarra

April 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES– About a hundred runners in Southern California organized a tribute run on Tuesday for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks.

Lead by the Filipino-American owners of a running specialty store, the athletes said the tragedy will not stop them from living their passion.

“We just want to show the world that it’s not going to stop us from running. We love the sport so much,” said Joe Matias
owner, a runner’s circle

Before they ran, the participants lit candles, laid flowers, and offered prayers at a make-shift altar for the Boston victims.

“It just goes to show that people who share the same passion for something can get together at a moment’s notice and I think you can see the spirit of the runners, right here, right now,” said David Biesheuvel,
owner, A Runner’s Circle.

Participant Deo Jaravata, who has finished 315 marathons, including the Boston in 2009, said the attacks at the marathon are truly saddening.

“Running a marathon it’s like a celebration of life. You’re all excited because the finish line is there and then all of a sudden this, so it’s really sad.

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