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Louisville runners 'Run for Boston'

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Wednesday a group joined together for a prayer service and a run. Wednesday a group joined together for a prayer service and a run.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – "We are unstoppable," is the message local runners want to get out.

On Wednesday at Fleet Feet on Taylorsville Road, a group joined together for a prayer service and a run.

All levels of runners took to the streets to show the world that Louisville's behind Boston. "There's communities all over the world right now showing that we can't be stopped, that we are unstoppable," said Jeff Wells, Fleet Feet owner.

Wells organized the event less than 24 hours after he returned home from finishing the Boston marathon. This was his 40th marathon.

"I really feel that they targeted the running community because of our knowing strength and if they could put a dent in the running community, that would be hitting America at its best and I'm not going to let that happen," said Wells. 

During the back to back explosions, Wells was just one block away. "I don't know how or why, but I knew what it was. I knew exactly what it was," said Wells. 

Before the impromptu run, the group prayed for all the victims and their families affected. 

Jerry Johnson didn't run Boston this year, but knew he needed to be surrounded by fellow runners at a time like this. "I did it last year and 11 years ago, so I'm just here to support everything that's happened, all those people I feel so sorry for them," said Johnson.

He's still trying to process the magnitude of what happened. "I just can't imagine how someone could be so evil and do destruction to someone they don't know," said Johnson. "That little kid that lost his life, never hurt anybody, you know. I just can't understand it." 

In hopes of turning a tragedy into triumph, these athletes vow to continue to outrun evil.

"The running community doesn't give up and I process the fact that it is a big deal and we are not going to stop," said Lesley Gray, Boston Marathon finisher. 

Wells says he wasn't signed up for the Derby Marathon this year, but after the tragedy in the Boston, he decided he will run a week from Saturday.

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