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Benefit run for victims of Boston Marathon bombings

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Scene following Boston Marathon bombings (Source: Elliot Friar) Scene following Boston Marathon bombings (Source: Elliot Friar)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Over a hundred runners crowded the streets around Fleet Feet for the store's first group run since the Boston marathon bombings.

"Pretty much after the tragedy last week, we wanted to do something as a store to help out," said store owner Jen McCauley.

McCauley and her husband, Michael, operate the Fleet Feet franchise in West Augusta, and decided to dedicate this night's run to the victims of the tragedy in Boston. Michael McCauley gave a pre-run inspirational speech to the runners.

"I think under these circumstances and the fact that they caught these dudes, we're pretty triumphant," he said.

Among all the runners from every corner of the CSRA was Craig Cooper. He finished last week's Boston Marathon, and was separated from his wife throughout all the chaos following the explosion. They showed up to take a stand.

"The fact the bomb really targeted the crowd, more than the runners, really hurts," he said. "So for us to come support the local event here, is just a sign of solidarity in the running community and nationwide we're seeing that all over the place.

Fleet Feet stores across the country also sponsored runs tonight, raising money for a fund setup to support victims in Boston.

"All of us are gonna come together and get together as a Fleet Feet store and give it to the OneFund Boston," said Jen McCauley.

All the runners I talked with agree: they won't let an act of terrorism get in the way of their love and passion.

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