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"Run For Boston" in Saratoga Springs
About 100 people gathered in Saratoga Spa State Park Thursday evening for an informal memorial run in tribute to the vicitms of Monday's bombings in Boston.
Organizer Angela Meliski put the event together after seeing a movement on Facebook and hoped at least ten of her friends would join her.
"I just hope it motivates people to do something good every day to prove to people that people are good," says Meliski.
Among the runners was Ginny Pezzula of Colonie who was in the Boston Marathon's 26th mile when the bombs exploded. She says Thursday's memorial run helped her.
"It really did help me," says Pezzula, "especially when they said, 'wear your garb and stuff,' I felt like I was doing something."
When Pezzula's husband, Bill, heard the news he called her but she did not have her phone during the run. She borrowed someone's phone and called him. Bill Pezzula says he and his daughter had planned to surprise his wife by showing up at the finish line to meet her but plans changed.
"She couldn't do it because of the kids," says Mr. Pezzula. "So, it's a good thing."
Kate Nicholson was there in the park Thursday with her dog "Duff" dressed in a Boston Red Sox dog jersey. She moved to the area in January and though she has often been a spectator at the Boston Marathon, she was not this year.
"Yeah, I'm not there for them," she says. "I'm not there for Boston...I feel, a little bit, like I should be there supporting Boston. It's definitely a close town."
Three friends, New York Yankees fans, dressed in blue T-shirts sporting the Red Sox' "B" ironed onto the front.
"It's nice to have a reason to come together for something positive," says Alyssa Haldeman, "and especially to do it outside in a healthy way."