Early Sunday morning, more than 400 runners are expected to gather at Colonial Lake downtown to take part in a memorial run in remembrance of the runners, spectators, and family members affected by Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. A grassroots event organized by word of mouth and a Facebook event, more than 440 people had RSVP’d for the informal 5K as of Saturday afternoon.

The event, named with the #ChsRunsForBoston5K hashtag, will start at the corner of Broad St. and Ashley Ave. at 8am Sunday, run down Rutledge Ave. to the Battery, continuing up East Bay. St. to Hasell St. and back toward Colonial Lake. Organizer Adrienne Levy tweeted on Saturday says there will be a police escort for the event, but streets won’t technically be closed. The event is free and open to the public, but organizers are asking those participating to RSVP to give them an idea of what to expect.

“It’s been actually amazing to see the turnout and support we have received, it’s been unbelievable,” Levy told Count on 2 this week.

“We’ll run about three miles then we are going to pretend it is like coming up to the finish line of the Boston Marathon,” Levy said. “We are going to finish those last few miles for the people who didn’t get to see their dream become a reality.”

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