The Boston Marathon was on the mind of many people outside the city's limits. In Central New York, runners hit the pavement to honor the victims, survivors and the race. For the second year the Boston Memorial Run took place at Onondaga Lake Park. Our Iris St. Meran spoke to participants about why they chose to run and how last year's events changed them.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- Many of the assembled at Onondaga Lake Park Monday evening are runners. Yes, there was a starting line, but this was no race. On this Marathon Monday, they ran as one.
"I think it's great and it just goes to show how amazing runners are and that sense of camaraderie and friendship that we all have," said Susan Pug, Boston Memorial Run Participant.
Last year, Pugh organized it; this year Fleet Feet took it over. More than 200 people registered for the event including Ann Sageer and her husband.
"We're here just to support all the folks from Boston, just to carry the message of Boston Strong. We're so inspired by them that it was right to come out here today," said Sageer.
Running groups say since last year, they're seeing more people interested in training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and people showing interest in running in general.
"People want to be out there. It doesn't matter if they're winning the race, doesn't matter if they are walking across that finish line. They want to be part of a running community that supports healthiness, that supports being together as a group and saying we're not going to be backed down by a tragedy that happened last year," said Liz Knickerbocker, Fleet Feet Marketing Manager.
A year later, although many have never set foot in the city, they are Boston Strong.
It's about more than running.
"I think it's just to be strong and don't let people who attempt to mess with our country have any favor," said Sean Gleason, Boston Memorial Run Participant.
From Onondaga Lake Park to Copley Square they showed that.
Fleet Feet is selling t-shirts that say 'Runners for Boston.' All proceeds from sales will benefit the One Fund which helps marathon victims.