Hundreds participate in 'solidarity run' in Portage
Updated: Wednesday, April 17 2013, 07:39 AM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Hundreds of runners came together Tuesday night to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon.
Runners from all over the Kalamazoo area ran in a show of solidarity, some of them just back from Boston themselves.
Some said they're still processing what happened in Boston on Monday, but they say coming together and running as a family will help them heal.
What started small grew to hundreds of runners in the Kalamazoo Solidarity Run Tuesday evening.
"I think it's awesome," said runner Mary McCain. "I think it's absolutely great to see everybody coming together."
After a moment of silence, they were off, running with Boston not only on their clothes, but in their hearts.
Zach Wegner ran the Boston Marathon Monday, and says what happened still hasn't kicked in.
"It's crazy," he said. "Just happy we were out, but it sucks for everybody else. I know the crowd down there...insane..."
Tuesday night, however, was about honoring those who were killed and injured.
As runners of all ages--and even some dogs--crossed the finish line, others cheered them on, as they finished the race for those that didn't.
Some people have said that what happened in Boston makes them worry about taking part in big events like the marathon, but the runners we spoke to Tuesday night say they still plan to run in big city marathons.
In fact, they say this makes them want to run even more, to show they won't be stopped.