South Carolina Stingrays president Rob Concannon didn’t know eight-year-old Martin Richard, one of three people killed in bombings of the Boston Marathon this past Monday.
But Concannon knows the personal impact that terrorism can have on a family and a community. Former Stingrays forward Mark Bavis, who died in the 9/11 attacks, and Concannon grew up together in Boston.
His death has left an indelible mark on Concannon.
To honor the death of Martin Richard, who grew up only a few miles from Concannon’s home in Dorchester, MA., the Stingrays Hall of Famer is taking part in an informal run Sunday morning in downtown Charleston.
He is encouraging all the Stingray fans to do the same.
The run will start at 8 a.m. Sunday at Colonial Lake downtown at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Broad Street. The informal 5K is free. It won’t have chip timers, racing bibs or age group awards, but it will have spirit. A moment of silence will take place before the run, and participants are encouraged to wear one of their favorite racing shirts.
Runners are encouraged to join the Facebook group to give organizers a sense of how many people will be there.
For more information, search for #chsrunsforboston on Twitter and Facebook.
The idea to put on the impromptu run is the brainchild of Charleston resident Adrienne Levy, who wanted to do something in response to the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon.
As reported by The Post and Courier’s Diette Courrege Casey earlier this week.
The 27-year-old runner asked some of her friends whether they’d want to meet for a Sunday run to show their support for Boston, and she asked others via Twitter to join them.
The idea caught fire.
“The power of social media took over, and now everyone wants to come,” the marketing account executive said. “This is amazing.”
Local print and broadcast media have been spreading word of the run, and interest has gone beyond what Levy expected.
“So many people were touched in some way by the tragedy,” said Levy, a Columbia native and avid runner. “The whole point of being together is to show Boston that the Charleston community is united (with them).”