NEWPORT, R.I. – The Salve Regina University community is planning a 1.5-mile walk/run as an expression of support for the victims of the Patriot’s Day bombing at the Boston Marathon. The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, April 18, starting at the Rodgers Recreation Center on Salve Regina’s campus.
All members of the campus community as well as the general public are invited to participate. There is no registration required. The event, “Well Wishes for Boston,” is being coordinated by the university’s office of community services, which will provide ribbons that participants can pin to their shirts during the event. Participants are encouraged to wear whatever Salve Regina and/or Boston apparel they may have.
Tables will be set up in the O’Hare Academic Center lobby today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) from 9-11 a.m. where students can drop off cards that will be delivered to Salve Regina alumna Kimberly Howley, who works as an emergency room nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Howley will coordinate distribution of the cards to those injured in the tragedy and to the doctors, nurses and emergency personnel who responded to their medical needs.
Kelly Powers, coordinator of community services at Salve Regina, is spearheading the event. She is a three-time Boston Marathon participant who, in talking with fellow runners at Salve, wanted to do something to show support.
“I was talking with a friend about getting together for a run and then we just thought, ‘why not open it up to the community.’”
The planned route begins westbound on Webster Street, turns right on Bellevue Avenue, right on Berkeley Avenue, left on Parker Avenue, right on Annandale Avenue, left on Narragansett Avenue and right on Ochre Point Avenue before turning right on Webster Street to finish at the recreation center.