Posted at: 04/20/2013 5:03 PM
Updated at: 04/20/2013 6:29 PM
By: Travis Dill
Many runners turned the Fitger's 5K into a show of support for the Boston victims. They pushed forward despite snow and cold temps.
Winter caps were an unusual sight during the spring run, but runners at the Fitger's 5K bundled up on Saturday. But the runners soon warmed up.
“I wore like a big fleece, my jacket, mittens and in the middle of the race I had to take off my jacket and tie it around my waist,” Tiffany Norick said.
Over a foot of snow fell this week in Duluth, but runners said the course was clear aside from a few patches of ice. The cold and the snow didn't stop the race, but the bombing in Boston did cast a shadow on the event.
“I felt nervous, but I was more excited to run for them. I saw a ton of pray for Boston, running for Boston t-shirts. And that actually kept me going through the whole race. I wanted to finish for them,” Norick said.
Runner Stacey Ledin rushed to get those shirts printed for the race. She said the heroic actions of everyone in Boston spurred the idea.
“The story of the people that got done running 26.2 miles and then ran two more miles to donate blood, it was just really inspiring. So I just wanted to do something to show some solidarity with them and kind of honor what they did in Boston and the people that were hurt or lost their lives,” Ledin said.
She couldn't explain the full impact the bombing had on her.
“Devastated, completely surprised, it's hard to imagine anyone doing that,” Ledin said.
But she said pulling together can help everyone start healing. Runners always push each other to the finish line, and that support has never been more important.
There was a lot of support around Fitger's on Saturday. Over 1,500 people finished the three mile race, and about $20,000 was raised for the Young Athletes Foundation.