Run for Boston

Published 04/20 2013 06:10PM

Updated 04/22 2013 11:40AM

URBANA -- It's the message runners in Central Illinois are sending to Boston. A thousand miles away, they hope victims can hear it.

People all over the country were glued to their TV's Friday night, watching the latest coverage in Boston. Those images made a group in Champaign-Urbana get together last minute to honor the city in their own way.

Hundreds of runners in the Boston Marathon never got to finish their race. Saturday, dozens in Champaign-Urbana ran miles to finish for them.

It's the sound that sent shock waves across the country and the headline which broke hearts miles away, "3 dead and 100s injured."

"We're thinking about them," Runner Tina Johnson said.

It's been almost a week since Johnson saw the news when it first broke.

"We felt like we needed to do something to let them know we support them," Johnson said.

She and dozens of others met at Meadowbrook Park with their tennis shoes, and Boston T-shirts. They ran 5 miles, to honor the cradle of liberty.

"A lot of communities are doing things like this to honor them and to help them get back into running," Johnson said.

Just a few of the runners have been in the Boston Marathon, but all agree, nothing will stop them from doing what they love.

"I don't think runners would respond to this kind of tactic, trying to strike fear into us," runner Tom Gelsthorpe said.

Hundreds of runners never got to finish the race.

"They train for a long time to do the marathon. Not to be able to finish that, has to be a horrible feeling."

So, with each step these runners take, they're crossing the finish line for them.

"Hurry up and get back running."

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