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Local Runners Lace Up to Honor Boston Victims

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Dirty South Running Club organized a run Monday in honor of the Boston victims. They held signs and wore shirts in honor of Boston.

It was a similar scene a week ago in Boston. People cheering because they finished the race, and cooling down with water. The celebration was cut short, after two bombs went off near the finish line.

Michael Anderson ran in the Boston Marathon, he says "after running in Boston, it made me realize I don't take that for granted anymore." Anderson was one of four runners from the ARK-LA-MISS who ran in the Boston Marathon. He says, "this turn out for such a great cause, a great support, it means a lot. Being a community member here in the Monroe area, it means even more."

Monday the Dirty South Running Club and other members of the community laced up their shoes; and ran in honor of the Boston victims.

Dirty South Running Founder, Tara Knight, says "we want to do everything we can to help out. When we go to races there are hundreds of us there." Knight says she knows the dedication and heart it takes to be a runner. That's why they want to help those who were injured. She says, "they picked a really, really strong group to try to mess with. These runners are going to over come this, and find a way to continue exercising."

That's why members of the community, like Chris Zagone, are doing what they can to help. He says, "it felt like it was a personal attack on all runners because so many of the injuries were lower limb involved. There were legs being amputated, runners being operated on with their runner bibs still on their shirts."

Anderson says the community support touched him. He doesn't think what happened in Boston will stop runners. Anderson says, "next year I know the Boston Marathon is on. I know the runners will return. I don't think it will stop anyone from participating."

The Dirty South Running Club made shirts they are selling to honor the victims. They also asked everyone to donate one dollar. All of the money will go to the The One Fund Boston to help pay medical bills.

Dirty South Running is dedicated to helping runners find races and running events in the south.

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