From Boston to Bay Area, running tributes abound

Even thousands of miles from the Boston, distance runners are sharing their sympathy with victims of Monday’s bombings.

The sport is supported by a tight-knit community, and Tuesday was a day to pay tribute to those harmed in the blasts at the end of the marathon.

On Twitter the runforboston hashtag became popular — a simple motivation to get out, even for just a few miles. Organized through social media and local clubs, runners all over the country were wearing race T-shirts and planning vigils to honor Boston runners.

Some Boston College students used Facebook to plan a walk of the marathon’s last five miles for Friday afternoon.

In Nebraska, the co-owner of a running equipment store based in Omaha turned a previously organized informal run into a Boston memorial.

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