RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two VCU sophomores organized a Facebook group that has gone viral. It asks people to join, run and log their miles to commemorate the victims in Boston.
In just over 24 hours, the "Run for Boston" Facebook group garnered over 600 members. Together, the members have run 400 miles.
Group organizer Kara Polley was supposed to be in Boston Monday. The avid runner and VCU sophomore suffered a knee injury that kept her out of the race, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Kara said she was in class when she first received word that there had been two explosions at the Boston marathon.
"I could feel my entire heart drop," she said. "I started watching the news and I just couldn't take it anymore. I went on a run and when I was done, I thought 'I just ran for Boston.' So, that's where I got the idea."
Kara's best friend Lea Etchison helped establish the event.
"We're so far away from Boston we can't actually be there," she said. "Since we can't actually physically help, we're trying to do what we can from such a far distance."
The girls are hoping to get members from coast to coast and they almost have. Runners from Utah, Washington and Florida have all joined the group.
Sports Backers is also asking their runners to dedicate their next 26.2 miles to Boston. At Road Runners in Carytown, the store plans to commemorate Boston, too.
"Runners are a really close-knit community and they all feel that they want to do something," said Road Runners employee, Guy Alton.
The event will last one week and the girls hope to do it again next year.
The Facebook event can be found here.