Ryan Polly is running a 5K. Six days earlier he came 3/4 of a mile short of completing the Boston Marathon. "I was running and there was 12 to 15 sirens coming up behind us with deafening sirens and they said that the marathon is over and to get off the road!" said Polly.
When Polly planned to enter the run, he and his friends thought it would be a celebratory day, but instead Saturday became a day of action. Runners wore a message of support: bibs reading "We are Boston Marathoners at heart."
"No matter what happens we're all together in this and we really are there for each other," said runner, Jennifer Wilson.
"I've had the roller coaster. I've gone from thinking I'm never running again to knowing that running is who I am," said Polly.
Polly struggles with health issues led him to become a runner. He didn't plan on running in Boston. but received an invite after making progress in training. Then officials stopped him en route to the finish line, he had one thought. "People kept saying 'there's explosions there's explosions' and I was like 'so where's my family, what's going on?" explained Polly.
His family never made it to the bombsite, but could smell the smoke after the explosions. Polly and his family now look at what they imagined would be a milestone day as one of horror.
"I feel really proud that an impulsive idea has turned out and that this many community members want to support a cause like this. I'm hoping today is healing for me and some other people I know that were there on Monday," said Polly.
The length of run is optional, but Polly will run the full length hoping the memory of Boston will give him strength.