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By: Maggie McDaniel
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, people here in Oxford are looking for ways to show they care about the victims and their families.
On Wednesday April 24, Endurance Athletics owned and operated by Kevin McGee an Oxford, organized a 5k run from Endurance to the Ole Miss Lyceum and back.
“It was a spur the moment thing, I saw online that a friend of mine was dedicating his miles he ran the other day to the people who were killed in bombing, so I thought the run would be a simple way for the people in our area to give back to the injured people,” says McGee.
McGee estimated about 150 people gathered for the event, which raised $1500 dollars. All the proceeds went to the Boston’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the bombing.
Nina Brown a student at Ole Miss and a possible qualifier for the Boston Marathon says she was also deeply affected by the bombing.
“Several hours after the elite runners crossed the finish line, I decided to go for a run myself. It was actually a really terrible run; it was really hot and for some reason I just didn’t feel well. When I got back I was really feeling sorry for myself, and I happened to look on Twitter and realized what was happening. I was devastated and really shaken up when I found out,” says Brown.
Brown participated in the Endurance 5k and has continued to think about the bombing victims.
“It’s such a small gesture, but I’ve been dedicating my weekly mileage to . I’d love to be able to do more. I think one of the most important things is to remember what happened and be grateful for what you have and what you’re able to do,” says Brown.
Lisa Eas,t who has worked in mental health for several years and has a master’s degree in community counseling, says what Brown and McGee are doing is not unusual.
“In the midst of all the tragedies, past & present, and world conflict, most people are wonderful, empathic beings who have a sincere interest in the welfare of others,” says East.
East also points out that the Boston victims will appreciate this outpouring of sympathy for a long time.
“People need to know they and their loved ones have not been forgotten weeks, months, or even years after the tragedy. Also, true healing often takes place long after the initial shock of the event. And it is during this time that support is invaluable.”