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WATCH :: Downtown Green Bay run pays tribute to Boston Marathon


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - As thousands of runners from around the world were hitting the streets of Boston for the 118th Boston Marathon, athletes in Green Bay were showing solidarity for those affected one year since that tragic bombing attacks.

Dubbed "The Run as One Boston Marathon Tribute Run", about 120 people went to the City Deck in downtown Green Bay wearing blue and yellow, the official colors of the Boston Marathon.

"What a great way to honor the people that were killed and injured in the race last year," said runner Bruce Barris. "I'm thinking I might even have some tears in my eyes when I start, the remembrance of what took place last year and the significance of it all."

Runners and walkers chose between a one, two and three-mile course along the Fox River Trail. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt led the proceedings and three members of Green Bay West High School's choral group sang the National Anthem.

Megan Brock, who along with her husband ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon, talked about the great connection among runners here in Green Bay, to those in Boston and around the globe.

"It's a very tight knit community. Our connection grew even stronger as a result of the attack that occurred last year," says Brock. "It's actually kind of a healing thing to come here and be a part of this today."

The short event was a cooperative effort involving the Bellin Run, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, Downtown Green Bay and the City of Green Bay, the run/walk will honor those killed or injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy while also celebrating the perseverance and strength of those in the Boston community and across the nation.