Vancouver displays solidarity with Boston

CNC report from Vancouver
Added On April 23, 2013

Cool weather and the threat of terrorism has done nothing to deter more than 48,000 people participating in this year's Vancouver Sun Run.

CNC correspondent takes you to Vancouver to find out more.

"With the race being one of the first major events to be held since the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, security has noticeably been heightened around the 10-kilometer race route. The race is being held for a 29th consecutive year here in the Canadian city."

With the temperature hovering around eight degrees Celsius early Sunday morning when the wheelchair athletes broke from the starting line in the opening race in Vancouver' s downtown, the weather improved significantly during the course of the race as the sun came out just as the elite athletes crossed the finish line.

Casting a large presence over the run was the spirit of Boston as many of the Vancouver race participants wore the blue and yellow colors of the famed Boston Marathon to show their solidarity with the American city.

Among those racing was Russ Ladd who earlier in the week competed in this year' s Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line one hour before the bombs exploded. He said he was impressed by the spirit of the Vancouver race.

"There's a lot of people out here cheering you on which really gave me a lot of energy and of course, Boston always has a big fan support base and the people of Boston are really behind that race. So again, I just wanted to try and help lend my support to it."

Runner Angela White was another who had previously ran in the Boston Marathon.

"This is my first Sun Run so before Boston I was really excited about it and the energy. I think the energy was a lot different today. I think we're more connected today actually. The energy's different but better."

Runner Jeanette Purdham (PURD-HAM) said she had no hesitation about racing in Vancouver.

"Absolutely none whatsoever. We have to show our solidarity. There's 50,000 people out there, the London Marathon was run this morning, their' s was 30 to 40,000 runners. We just have to keep doing what we do and show that they can't win."

Another runner Lannie, shared Purdham' s sentiments, and said he had no fear of participating.

"None at all, none at all. Absolutely. You know, I think we need to be better citizens in our community and take care of each other versus relying on others, so I really believe that."

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, who is currently running for re-election, took time out from her busy campaign schedule to run in the race. She said the Sun Run was all about community and that sent a powerful message to terrorists that they will never win.

"I saw somebody in the race that's wearing a T-shirt that's saying 'the good guys will always outnumber the bad guys' and I really believe that. I hope everybody in Boston is looking at runs that are happening all over the world and recognizing that we're doing it and remembering them."

Among those participating in the race was actor Sean (SHAWN) Astin (ASS-TIN), best known as Samwise (SAM-WISE) Gamgee (GAM-GEE) in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The avid runner told CNC the spirit of the event was with the people of Boston.

"All runners around the world were affected by it, it hurt our hearts, so this is a great way for me and 50,000 Canadians to acknowledge that and you know, celebrate what's great about the spirit of runners and the people of that city."

Kenyan runner Paul Kimugul (KIM-OOHG-AL) won the men's race in a time of just over 29 minutes, while Vancouver native Natasha Fraser won the women's race for a second straight year.