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Michiana runners remember Boston

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Runners laced up their sneakers Sunday for more than just a little exercise.

An annual Michiana race, has new meaning just six days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Father Ted's 5 and 10k was held on Notre Dame's Campus and runners say they ran for Boston.

The event raises money for scholarships for Michiana students.

"It's a wonderful way for the community to come out and support Trio programs and support local students," says race director, Melissa Lindley.

But this year it did much more, it honored Boston after the tragic events there this past week.

"People want to do something, maybe they can't go there to help out themselves, they can't donate but they know they can at least show their support by showing up and running an event," says Lindley.

Judy Lee ran the Boston Marathon in 2005 and was shocked by the events at the race this year.

"First it was unbelievable and then I got very sad and then I got mad that this would happen to such healthy, strong people," says Lee.

She says the bombings don't scare runners, in fact they'll only make the marathon stronger.

"The runners have such fortitude and they're gonna get back," Lee.

Lindley agrees, "It does make it even stronger, it's made people want to do it more."

"Everyone became unified behind Boston and running," says Olivia Fernandez who ran in Father Ted's 5 and 10k.

It's not just the Boston Marathon that will get stronger, runners say they'll be showing up to every race.

"I think the running community is a really strong community," says Fernandez.

Lee says "We're resilient, we believe in this, this is our passion."

Runners will have another chance to show their support for Boston Monday, April 22nd.

Sunset Coast Striders is hosting a 2.62 mile walk and run in St. Joseph to honor Boston. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Veranda at the Whitcomb.

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