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.

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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.

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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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