DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – About fifty runners laced up and hit the Katy Trail to show support for Boston. They each ran 26.2 minutes to represent one minute for every mile of the Boston Marathon.
“I’m just honoring all the people that did get to go back this year, to take back the finish line and finish strong,” said runner Megan Smyth.
Smyth finished last year’s Boston Marathon two minutes before the bombs rocked the race.
“We definitely heard them. It was basically like the loudest thunder you’ve ever heard,” Smyth recalled.
She said she considers Monday’s memorial run a way of showing that the tragedy hasn’t halted her resolve to compete.
“I’m proud of how everyone rebounded,” said Smyth.
Another runner, Omar Venzor, of Dallas, ran in this year’s Boston Marathon. He said he wanted to prove the bombers didn’t succeed in scaring other runners from participating.
“It was more a way of showing them that we weren’t really going to be scared of what they were going to do,” said Venzor.
People lined up to cheer runners on along the course in Boston, according to Venzor.
“The crowd was amazing,” he said. “It was a really neat experience for everyone to come out and support us.”
Meantime, at Dallas’ free memorial run for Boston, participants were encouraged to donate to One Fund Boston, an organization supporting victims of last year’s bombing.
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