Last night in Memphis, the local Fleet Feet hosted a running event to honor the victims in Boston. The Memphis running community did a fantastic job of supporting this event, and the turnout was even greater than Fleet Feet was expecting with over 300 of us showing up to show support. Fleet Feet made t-shirts for the event, and sold them for $10 apiece with all profits being donated to The One Fund. The support was so overwhelming that the shirts sold out within minutes (I was unable to grab one last night) and a second batch had to be ordered! This was the second Memphis area run for Boston, but this was the only one I was able to attend. We ran a neighborhood street course for about 3.25 miles, and runners of all abilities were there. It was almost a perfect evening for a run, and the whole evening was handled like a sanctioned race. There was a water station at the mile and a half mark, the course was marked off (but not closed), and there were post race refreshments. Included in the refreshments was a keg of Samuel Adams beer, which was fitting.
Fleet Feet had previously had a Saucony demo scheduled for this date, so that demo was just rolled into the Runners for Boston event. Numerous runners took some Saucony shoes for a test drive during the event, including myself. I tried the Saucony Triumph 10. The shoe was comfortable and more importantly, my feet don’t hurt from running in them last night. I may have a new shoe option for the near future!
The local ABC affiliate for Memphis was there last night and had some great coverage of the event. A local student played the National Anthem for the runners on his saxophone after 26.2 seconds of silence for the victims of the tragedy in Boston. Runners were also encouraged to sign a board with the names of any victims or Boston runners that they may have known. I was very blessed to be a part of this event and I was very pleased to see the support from the Memphis running community.