Running shops raise money for Boston victims

Published: Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:17 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2013 at 3:51 AM EDT
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Runners gather on Monday.
Runners gather on Monday.
April Woo
April Woo

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –  It's been one week since tragedy forever changed the Boston Marathon. Back in Louisville, runners from all across Kentuckiana joined together to raise money for the bombing victims and their families.

Local running shops were raising money for the "One Fund", a website set up to help the victims.

Runners all across the country refuse to be stopped. "One of the big reasons people go and do bombs is to try to get you to change your life," said Jeanne Wright, Louisville runner.

Fleet Feet Sports, Swags Sports Shoes, Blue Mile, Ken Combs Running Store, and Pacers and Racers invited runners to meet Monday night in Cherokee Park.

"Even with the different stores, we may be competitors against each other, but when we hit the pavement we are brothers and sisters and that's not just here in Louisville," said Michael Turner, Swags Sports Shoes. "That's everywhere."
At 6:26 p.m., the time picked for the number of miles in a marathon, runners paused and prayed for the hundreds impacted.

For Boston marathon finishers, like April Woo, it's still hard to comprehend what happened not long after she crossed the finish line.  

"Just really glad they caught the individuals who committed the crimes, but it's just been hard trying to take it all in and just surreal," said Woo. 

While these runners know they must keep going, they all agree they can never forget. 

"We're all standing behind our fellow runners and those that were affected," said Turner "The unfortunate people that lost their lives and those that were hurt and we are here for them, that's the whole point. We are here for them."

Runners then went to Flanagan's Ale House on Baxter Avenue. All proceeds made from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday night are going to helping those injured in Boston.

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