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Several Hundred Walkers In Franklin Unite For Boston

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - More than two hundred walkers covered the corner of 3rd Avenue in Franklin Friday night to show their support for Boston.

"Franklin Unite for Boston" is a grassroots effort that started on Tuesday and quickly grew with the help of Facebook.

"I contacted my graphic designer and he created a logo for us that day, too. That quickly. And once the logo was created it just seemed to really take off," said Molly Boulay, the group's organizer.

Word of mouth and shock at the events that took place in Boston this week brought the walkers out on a cold spring night.

"We all feel connected. I think everyone knew someone that was in Boston that day, in the running community," Julie Ditzel said as she walked the 2.5 mile loop Friday night.

The walkers carried glow sticks to light up Franklin and show support for the residents of Boston.

Dennis Boulay is a Massachusetts native who has lived in Franklin for a decade.

"I grew up about 40 minutes southeast Boston," he said.

Boulay said it was hard to watch the events unfold in an area where much of his family still lives.

"It's one of those things, it's very emotional just seeing what's going on, and really just wanting to make a difference," Dennis Boulay explained.

The group "Franklin Unite for Boston" hopes to have t-shirts printed with its logo ready in the next few days. They hope runners participating in the Country Music Marathon next Saturday will wear them to show their support for Boston.


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