The Bay Area running community honored those killed or wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings with a memorial run in Oakland Thursday night followed by a candlelight vigil, a run organizer said.
The See Jane Run store hosted the run, which began at the store at 5817 College Ave. at 7:30 p.m. and followed a 3-mile route to Snow Park at Harrison and 19th streets, near Lake Merritt.
Each mile of the slow-paced run is in honor of one of the three people killed -- an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman, and a 23-year-old
female Boston University graduate student.
More than 160 people were injured in the explosions, including an 11-year-old Martinez boy, who is still being treated at a Boston hospital.
Store event coordinator Hester Breen, a recent Boston transplant herself, said See Jane Run staff and community members, "felt like this is
something we needed to do."
When the runners reached Snow Park, runners held a candlelight vigil that inclided a moment of silence to honor those affected by the bombings. The vigil was led by a local clergywoman, Breen said.
Runners wore blue and yellow, which were the official colors of this year's Boston Marathon.
"I think as long as people keeping running and keep remembering the people that were injured and killed ... and people are still out there doing what they love, we are honoring (the victims)," Breen said.
Breen said there has been an overwhelming response to the memorial run, with hundreds in attendance.
"It makes me really proud of the running community here," she said.
President Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Thursday morning.
Eleven runners from Danville registered for the race: Cheryl Babel, Erika Birnbaum, Leeann Coburn, Daniel Leonard, Cathy McClelland, Karl Molineaux, Jeff Patry, Rosaura Tennant, Tom Toffoli, Tori Tyler and Evan Veneklasen, although Veneklasen and Patry apparently did not compete, according to the marathon's website. Babel, Tenant and Toffoli had passed the halfway mark before the race was halted.
San Ramon also had 11 runners: Steven Chavez, Jennifer Clooten, Krista Depenbrok, Larry Feigenbaum, Winton Jew, Ming Kuan, Zaida Owre, Tim Steele, Stephanie Vannicola Magsanay and Bob and Katherine Wondolleck all registered; Jew and Ming did not complete the race, according to the Boston Marathon's results page, posted online, while Chavez apparently did not run.
No one from the area was injured.