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Boston Marathon Memorial Run Held In West Michigan

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: A member of the bomb squad investigates a suspicious item on the road near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: A member of the bomb squad investigates a suspicious item on the road near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — Several hundred runners in southwestern Michigan have held a memorial event to promote unity following the Boston Marathon bombing.

WWMT-TV says the run was held Tuesday evening in the Kalamazoo suburb of Portage.

Brett Beier tells MLive.com that he posted the idea for the memorial run on the Kalamazoo Area Runners’ Facebook page Monday evening and got strong response.

He says he wanted everyone to run the first half-mile together in honor of all the runners who weren’t able to run the last half-mile of the marathon following Monday’s attack.

Also Tuesday night, students were planning a candlelight vigil at the University of Michigan-Flint campus.

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