More than 100 people participated in the 8th annual Dayton Peace Accords 5K Walk/Run Saturday morning, a fundraiser for the Dayton International Peace Museum, including some who decided to run just last night.
Though many in the greater Dayton running community had signed for the Peace run before the tragedies in Boston unfolded, they said they held images of the last week in their hearts as they ran.
“This is one way of conveying our message of creating an environment of peace,” Bashir G. Ahmed, a broad member and director of operations for the peace museum said, “We hope it will make a difference.”
Carl Brun, 53, of Dayton and his wife Karla, 56, participate in the Dayton Peace run every year. After 20 years of training, Carl said he qualified for the Boston Marathon two years ago. He would have been in Boston again last week, if he had qualified for the race. His parents would have been at the finish line cheering him on.
“Everyone who is a marathon runner wants to run in Boston one day. We’re saddened by what happened,” Brun said.