Albert Lea Runners Honor Boston Marathon Victims

Posted at: 04/20/2013 9:39 PM
Updated at: 04/20/2013 10:42 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News)-- Five days after three people were killed at the Boston Marathon, more than 500 people honored the victims by running in the Fountain Lake Five and Tiger Trot today in Albert Lea. The Boston Marathon bombing is still fresh on everyone's mind and members of the Albert Lea running community wanted to pay tribute in the way they know best.


A record number of runners took part to this year’s Fountain Lake Five and Tiger Trot.


"I'm glad to see so many people came out today," said Lori Alexander of Albert Lea.


Two runs - a three and five mile - are organized every year by the YMCA and South West Middle School. In the crowd today, the color green was everywhere. From hats, to shoes and a little green ribbon pinned in a place where the Boston Marathon victims remain for many local runners, close to the heart.


"Just something little to say that we support you and we sympathize what you're going through,” said Susie Hulst, Sports and Fitness Director at the Albert Lea YMCA.


"Just to show our support for in Boston for all the responders, people that run in it I know there's a couple from Freeborn County that ran it so just showing our support for the community,” said Brett Boss of Albert Lea.


"It really kind of breaks my heart because as a runner I know how frustrating just small nagging injuring are and some of these people suffered catastrophic injuries," said Alexander.


Lori Alexander has a niece who ran her first Boston Marathon on Monday and finished just 45 minutes before the bombing.


"She did tell me that she left the family tent area only about 15 minutes before it happened," said Alexander.


Lori is grateful her niece was able to walk away that day. Something that can't be said for many Boston Marathon runners.


"Everybody kind of has that thought in the back of their head and I'm just glad to see so many people out and about today and enjoying the weather and getting a nice little run in at the same time," said Alexander


Organizers of today's runs told me green was the first color that came to mind when thinking of Boston, mainly because of their Irish heritage and the Boston Celtics.