This weekend, Columbia hosted the 118th Boston Strong 5K race. The event was part of a global effort by pavementrunner.com to raise awareness and support for Boston marathon bombing victims.
About 35 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.
The Boston Strong 5K required no registration or fees to participate and was organized and supported entirely by volunteers. The race attracted local runners and walkers of all levels and ages, and even marathoners who have competed in Boston.
Supporters cheered "Boston Strong!" as runners crossed the finish line and collected their stickers for participating in the event."