Memphis Running Community Unites to Support Boston Marathon Runners

Memphis Running Community Unites to Support Boston Marathon Runners

There has been an outpouring of love and support to Boston from the Memphis running community.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There has been an outpouring of love and support to Boston from the Memphis running community. More than 50 runners from the Mid-South qualified and registered to run the Boston Marathon Monday. So far, no one was hurt from the Mid-South.

A Memphis mother, Kelly Henson, participated in the Boston Marathon. She crossed the finish line and was back at her hotel when the bombs exploded. She's ok, but shocked about the whole experience.

"It just turned into a feeling, a very uneasy feeling and your heart is heavy now," Kelly Henson told us over the phone.

After she was in her hotel and the bombs went off, her phone was flooded with messages from her Memphis friends. They kept calling and texting her to see if she was ok.

"I’m very grateful for having those people here and it means a lot, it means a lot for them to call me from Memphis to check on me so tell them thank you,” said Henson.

Henson wasn't the only Memphian running. A good friend of Austin Selby, the Arlington High School Track & Field Coach, participated as well. He's ok but Selby says it's hard to understand chaos would break out during a time of celebration.

"There's going to be so much disappointment and now people have lost loved ones,” said Selby. “The counts have started to come in and that's sad."

The Memphis store Breakaway Running has a group in Boston too. Employees have participated in the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years.

"We all have a common bond. We've all been humbled by the run at some point, especially things like the marathon,” said the store's owner, Barry Roberson.

Roberson says the terrorists didn't win; this will only unite and make the running community stronger.

"It's going to strengthen the resolve of runners, at least the runners I know. They're not going to stop us from going out doing what we want to do,” said Roberson. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were injured or worse."

Many Memphians are still in Boston and are scheduled to come back home Tuesday. So far, their airlines have not delayed or cancelled their flights.
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