Reno running group pays tribute to Boston victims

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Updated: 4/15/2014 11:26 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- While thousands gathered in Boston to mark one year since the bombings at the city's iconic marathon, a group of local runners hit the pavement to celebrate the survivors.

Reno may be thousands of miles away from Boston, but for many here in the Truckee Meadows, the bombing at the marathon finish line was personal. On Tuesday, some local runners showed what Boston Strong means to them.

Member of Reno Running and Fitness meet every Tuesday night to run around the Sparks Marina. But this night was different.

Founder Michael Connors said when deciding how the runners would commemorate the anniversary of the bombing, they wanted to do something that would celebrate what the Boston Marathon is all about: running. "We are going to run 4.9 miles for the time that the tragedy took place, just as a way to celebrate running."

Connors ran in Boston more than a decade ago, but for him, the tragedy that took place at what he describes as the Super Bowl of running, is hard to forget. "It's very powerful, not just tonight, but just the thoughts about Boston. Having run it, I was fortunate to go, some of our runners are going for the first time, some have been there and are going back."

One of those runners who will be experiencing places like Heartbreak Hill and the Boylston Street finish line for the first time is Luis Barraza.

An avid marathon runner, Barraza said while training for the Boston Marathon, he was preparing for not only a physical test, but an emotional one. "After the event, you want to run for the people who can't run. Maybe they lost some limbs, maybe they can't run. You want to run for them and you want to show that we can over come fear and we can be there and run for them."

This year's running of the Boston Marathon is expected to be the second-largest in history. It will take place on Monday. Connors said he plans on spending the day with fellow runners, tracking Barraza and the other marathoner's time, and cheering them on.
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