NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - One week after two bombs exploded close to the Boston Marathon finish line, Hampton Roads runners gathered in Norfolk to honor the tragedy's victims.
If they could, local runners would keep running right to Boston. The close-knit community is as tight as the laces binding their sneakers.
"I think anytime it hits on our soil, it hits you in the gut," Mike Robinson with Running Etc. said. "It's amazing to see how the running community came together and support this thing."
Monday night, runners hit the 2.6 mile courses in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
It's not nearly as long as the Boston Marathon, but it still gave runners plenty of time to reflect on last week's tragedy.
The Norfolk race started at Running Etc. on Colley Avenue.
"I'll be thinking a lot of the people that were killed as well as the people that were injured," runner Michael Rice said.
The Ghent streets were filled and so were streets all over the country. Similar runs took place nationwide to raise money for those whose lives were affected most when the bombs went off.
"The spectators make that race," runner Mel Williams said. "They line the 26-mile route almost wall to wall. To have them injured when they are just trying to cheer on their relatives is so sad."
"It could have just as easily been my hometown or people that I knew," another runner said.
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