Runners to show support after marathon bombings

Runners to show support after Boston Marathon bombings

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ROMULUS, Mich. (WJBK) -

Runners from Metro Detroit are returning home and turning to social media to show their support for those affected by the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon.

More than 500 runners from Michigan were registered to run in Monday's marathon and despite the violence most say they want to continue to run, continue to take part in things that they do because that is the American way. Not to be afraid, but to continue to do what they're doing.

Fox 2 spoke with several people arriving at Detroit Metro Airport including runner David Bradley who took part in the Boston Marathon. "I felt very lucky when I look back at things because I got done before all that went on," Bradley said. Following the explosions Bradley is grateful to finally be home. He says after running in the marathon it was a slow process for him to get out of Boston. "I could see what had gone on, and the city changed to very much of a war zone. All the roads were blocked off. There were security vehicles everywhere. My hotel was evacuated and so I just kind wandered around with a friend, and my luggage" he said.  

And Shelly Boschan also returned home on the morning flight from Boston. Her son Jason, who has participated in multiple marathons on several continents during his running career was at the 22 mile marker when he knew something wasn't right. His mother says he heard an explosion. "They had the other bomb, the one that they self-detonated. He heard that bomb, coming into the 26th. And so he was like, what is that? It was like a rumble," Boschan said.   

 Now an online effort is underway to get people across the country to run in marathons this weekend to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon. Runners are using the hashtag #RunForBoston to let others know of upcoming races and to share their running stories.

In Michigan, a number of races are scheduled to take place over the weekend. They include:

April 20
Run with the Cops, not from Them
Location: Detroit

April 20
The Downriver DASH 5K Run/Walk
Location: Taylor

April 20
Young Life 5K
Location: Lansing

Two-thousand runners are expected to compete in Sunday's Lansing Marathon. It includes a full 26.2-mile marathon and a half marathon. There will be a 5-kilometer race and 1.5 kilometer children's event the previous day. Police Chief Teresa Szymanski says people attending the Lansing marathon will be protected. She says there will be additional patrols and bomb sweeps.

Find more races to take part in all spring and summer long at www.runmichigan.com/calendar.

Online: @runforboston

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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