To show support for runners in the Boston Marathon, a local group held a special "unity run" Tuesday night in Chicago.
"The point is just to get runners together whether they were in Boston or not, whether they're a beginning runner or a marathon runner, we're all impacted by what happened," said Wendy Jaehn, the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Runners Association. "We're all touched by it in so many different ways and we recognize coming together we can talk with each other. A lot of us run for lots of different reasons, but running is also very healing."
Initiated by a member of CARA, the group met at 6 p.m. at Foster Avenue Beach House for a lakefront run to honor Boston a day after twin explosions went off near the marathon finish line, killing three and injuring more than 170.
They paused for a moment of silence before beginning the three mile run.
CARA said all runners were invited to participate "in honor of those who lost their lives and who were injured during this tragic ordeal."
About 100 CARA runners competed in Monday's race along with hundreds more from throughout the state. Though none of the injured reportedly has been from Chicago, the group said they are trying to contact the runners they haven't heard from to confirm with other clubs and teams to make sure they are safe.
CARA also still plans to host its own race, the FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10 Miler, as scheduled on Saturday.
"While there has been no threat to Chicago or to our race, in light of the events in Boston, we are increasing our security measures. Please come out and support your fellow runners," the group said.