Local runners lace up to remember those killed in Boston bombing - Tucson News Now

Local runners lace up to remember those killed in Boston bombings

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Dozens of people pounded the pavement in solidarity today, honoring those hurt in the Boston Marathon bombings.

It's a community run that takes place every Wednesday, but tonight the group run that started at The Running Shop on Campbell and looped around the University of Arizona campus had special meaning.

Many runners who made the six mile trek from a shopping plaza to the UA campus say they have this scary feeling that it could have been any one of them hurt in those deadly explosions.

Tonight, they ran for a sense of community.

"It kind of messes with their heads and it's just a holy cow did that just happen kind of thing."

"My first thought was my friends that were there, because when you run down that street, you know the feeling of what it's like."

They took a step forward to help erase the pain and fear following the Boston Marathon bombings.

"I was there three years ago with my father, totally different experience, thankfully for me."

Marathon memories may never be the same. But tonight, runners pressed on, mile after mile.

"[I] suffered a little bit carrying this bad boy."

A Marine Corps veteran proudly waved an American flag.

"It was just important to me to try and do a little bit of something, show a little bit of respect for the first responders and the individuals who ran towards the explosions."

Another runner enjoyed the comradery.

"This isn't going to stop us. We're going to get out there and run again, so I was just happy to be a part of the group."

And many ran with heavy hearts.

"It's hard to put into words, you just feel for them, you can't describe what they must be going through."

Owners of The Running Shop will donate $1,000 and collect other community donations tonight to help relief efforts in Boston.

The Running Shop is a locally owned business that's been open for 32 years. The bombings at the Boston Marathon hit close to home, as two employees were at the marathon when the deadly incident occurred. Both returned home safely.

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