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Augustans run for Boston in 2.5 mile race

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It's been a long week for Barbara Rose and Tina Stutt, two runners of the Boston marathon, but they say this week couldn't have come to a better end.

"It's been real stressful in a sense," Stutt said. "But at the same time, with all the love, that kind of helps you pull through too."

That love was shown Saturday morning, when hundreds of Augusta runners came to support Boston in a two and a half mile run. The event organized by Triple 8, who usually host 5Ks, or eight-mile runs, but today decided to cut the race a little short.

"The 2.5 miles is because the first bomb went off at 2:50 in the afternoon," said Heather DiCicco, one of the organizers of the event. "So I actually saw that a lot of the other runners around the country were doing two and a half mile runs while all the carnage was taking place, so I thought let's just change it."

Everyone was given red wrist bands to show support. Several sported their favorite Boston jerseys or hats. These fire fighters ran the two and a half miles in their uniforms and full gear.

"We lost fire fighters in the Texas incident, and we lost fellow Americans in the Boston incident," said Ailma Mims, with the Augusta Fire Department. "So we look at it as like, we have to go that extra mile, putting on our gear, and run for those who lost their lives."

And for those like Stutt and Rose who say they were fortunate enough to return home, they say their spirit isn't broken, and hope Augustans will join them next year in Boston's Marathon.

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