Hundreds of runners rallied in downtown Charleston this morning to show their support for the victims of the Boston bombing.

Charleston Runs for Boston, a 5k around Colonial Lake, started with 26 seconds of silence, one for every mile of the Boston Marathon.

Runners wore bibs that said “4-15-13, Boston, Runners United to Remember.”

Runners who finished stayed at the finish line to cheer the others. A chant for Boston went up as an American flag crossed the finish line.

Promoters said they felt they had to do something after what happened in Boston Monday.

“So many people were touched in some way by the tragedy,” organizer Adrienne Levy, 27, of Charleston said before the run. “The whole point of being together is to show Boston that the Charleston community is united (with them).”

“There’s just this need, not just for runners, but for people to do something,” said Low Country Road Runners founder Rick Martinez, who also publicized the event. “It’s going to help local people heal.”

Low Country Road Runners set up a facebook page with photos of runners from all walks of life and in all sorts of costumes.