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Local runners gather Tuesday for Boston Marathon tribute

By MEGAN STEPHENSON
North Kitsap Herald Staff Writer, Reporter
April 16, 2013 · Updated 1:49 PM
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Local runners gather at Poulsbo Running on 10th Avenue April 16 to show their support and solidarity with the marathoners in Boston. / Megan Stephenson / Herald

In the picture above, local runners gathered April 16 at Poulsbo Running. Top from left, Chris Hammett (co-owner Poulsbo Running), Ellen Dougherty, Greg Platz, Lynly Platz, Rich Hammett, Jonathan Erickson, Bridget Young, Jeri Glogovac. Bottom from left, Ray Siegrist, Robin Pelton, Leigh Hammett, Payton Hammett, and Brooke Hammett (co-owner Poulsbo Running).

POULSBO — Local runners wanted to show their support for the victims in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday, so they sent out an email, text and social media blast inviting runners to gather at Poulsbo Running on 10th Avenue Tuesday.

Bridget Young of Indianola has run in several events organized by the owners of Poulsbo Running, Brooke and Chris Hammett. Young had the idea to gather her fellow runners in a show of support at the store, which Young described as a local running community "hub."

The store will donate part of the proceeds from Tuesday's sales to the American Red Cross; anyone who wears a race T-shirt will have 26.2 percent of their purchase donated.

The Head Hunter salon, 20174 Front St. in Poulsbo, is also donating to the Red Cross. Anyone who wears a race T-shirt will also have 26.2 percent of their purchase or service donated through the end of the week.

Young said the Boston Marathon is like the Holy Grail of marathons, which was "violated" by the attack. She wanted to send a message of support to all runners.

"I'm sure Boston will recover," she said. The gathering "marks all for one and one for all — we all feel it, all the way across the country."

Poulsbo Running employee Robin Pelton ran in the 2006 Boston Marathon, and her husband ran last year. She said she was watching the live stream and had just seen a friend of hers cross the finish line when she heard a "boom."

Pelton used to live in Boston and thought at first organizers had added cannons this year to celebrate Patriot's Day. Her son called her to turn on the news, and Pelton saw the blasts were not celebratory nor planned. She said she remembered standing where the second bomb went off during the 2006 marathon.

"You realize how precious life is," Pelton said. "You just don't know from one day to the next."

Pelton also felt that the Poulsbo running community could do something to show support.

"There's not much more we can do. We're not in Boston, but we can come together as runners as a show of support."

Runners in Silverdale have also organized a walk/run tribute Tuesday, meeting at Waterfront Park at 6:30 p.m.

For updated information about Kitsap County residents who were in Boston during the bombings, go to:

— BainbridgeReview.com
— BremertonPatriot.com
— CentralKitsapReporter.com
— PortOrchardIndependent.com

 

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