Walkers and runners at Ohio Dominican University held a moment of silence on Saturday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, while The Ohio State University dedicated a running event to raise money for the crisis.
Participants in the ODU Alumni Panther 5K Run and Walk quietly paused before they lined up make laps around the northeast Columbus campus. At the starting line, they unfurled a banner which read "ODU Runs For Boston."
At noon on Saturday, Ohio State students lined up at the RPAC Larkins Plaza to run and raise money in support of victims of the Boston explosions.
Runners were asked to complete a distance of their choice, from one mile to a marathon, to show their support. Instead of paying a registration fee, participants were being asked to make a donation to relief efforts.
OSU graduate student Ed Briercheck helped organize the event.
"We felt like a lot of people want to do something, but they feel far away. And what we want to do is help the helpers. There's a lot of people on site who are doing amazing work. And this is our opportunity to support them right here from Columbus," Briercheck said.
All money raised was to be donated to American Red Cross relief efforts to help deal with the Boston attack.
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