Runners encourage Cleveland-area community to help support of Boston Marathon victims

CLEVELAND - Cleveland-area runners are pitching in to help the victims in Monday's deadly bombings in Boston, and they're encouraging others to the same.

"It's something in my heart that I really feel like I need to do," said Randy Osborne, owner of Active Runner in Strongsville.

Osborne plans to donate all of the profits he receives at his store Saturday and Sunday to support those affected by the bombings. More than 170 were injured and three were killed following two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.

"It's just something that really touched home with me," Osborne said.

Osborne is a marathon runner and a parent. He said he was moved to engage the community in supporting Boston once he learned that 8-year-old Martin Richard had died as a result of the blasts.

"I just couldn't imagine my daughter or son waiting at the finish line of a marathon knowing what happened," Osborne said.

Bay Village resident Dave Shah also felt moved to act once he heard about Richard's death.

"That's what really hit me, grief," said Shah, a marathon runner.

Shah is encouraging other runners to join him for a run Saturday to show support for the Boston runners and victims.

"We're a family," he said. "What happened in Boston happened to our family."

Shah said any interested runners should meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the end of East 9th Street in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More information may be found at www.silentsaturday.com .

Active Runner is located at 13500 Pearl Rd in Strongsville. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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