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    Unity Run Pasadena held at the Rose Bowl


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     After the Boston bombings, the Pasadena, California, running community came together and started planning a 5k unity run. LloydBrown proudly shot photos as Unity Run Pasadena kicked off on Sunday. His daughter and another local man, John Beatty, Vice President of Pasadena Pacers Running Club, were the people who organized the run. The run began with a moment of silence, followed by a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” and then the race began. 'I was impressed with how many strangers showed up on such short notice. I felt proud for my daughter and John Beatty for pulling this off,' said Brown, an event photographer. Related: See video of the event here.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    John Beatty, Vice President of Pasadena Pacers Running Club in Pasadena, California, was at work Monday when he first heard about the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon. As someone that is deeply involved in the running community he was naturally concerned as he knew people that were participating. By the time he got home from work he was already trying to come up with a way to "recognize the unbreakable spirit of the running community by bringing running clubs together for a common purpose and to do so by doing what we love to do: run."


    The president of the Pasadena Pacers was out of the country, so John took it upon himself to try and organize a 5K run consisting of various running clubs in the area; it was a distance that would not take any special training, and families could come and walk the three miles as a show of support.


    As a Pasadena Pacer he knew that a lap around the Rose Bowl would be perfect, so he contacted them on Tuesday and by Wednesday evening he was granted permission to have a public rally, as long as there were fewer than 1,500 people. Apparently, the Rose Bowl has very strict limits on how many events they can have each year, so this event had to be sure to not qualify as an event.


    Wednesday evening John contacted some of his fellow runners and they set about setting up a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/UnityRunners), created an event page, and began spreading the work via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any other means of communication they could think of.


    Within hours running clubs from all over the country decided to have their own "Unity Run." Soon there was a Unity Run Long Beach, Unity Run New York City and Unity Run San Francisco. Santa Monica, Seattle, Cleveland and even Edinburgh in Scotland were just a few of the cities whose runners decided to become involved.


    These photos were taken Sunday at the Unity Run Pasadena. There were at least 16 different running clubs participating in this show of unity, and there were close to 700 runners in my estimate. You can see all my photos from this event at http://www.gotbaddog.com/unity-run-pasadena-photos/. You can learn more about the Pasadena Pacers on their website.

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