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ALBERT LEA, Minnesota – A local community is doing its part to remember those who are impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Fountain Lake 5 was one of the first organized runs in our area since the deadly bombings at the Boston marathon, and for many participants, it was a time not only to race…but also to remember.
“You know, you’ve been watching it all week and you just feel terrible for all the victims and for everything that’s going on,” says Ross Anderson who was participating in the 5 mile run on Saturday morning.
As the footsteps of local runners like Anderson hit the pavement, the tragedy is still on many of their minds.
“Just been praying for them and I’m glad it’s finally over,” he continues.
Now at this race in Albert lea, local runners are paying tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings by wearing green ribbons while they run.
“To show our support for them and that we empathize or sympathize with what they’re going through,” explains event organizer, Susie Hulst.
And it’s giving these folks an additional reason to run.
“They think twice about what their running for it’s for fun but it’s also for another cause too, I think certainly when some people are running today their going to think about those runners in Boston,” adds Hulst.
That’s also true for others who are making the lap around the lake.
“[It’s] something little that Albert Lea can do to you know, just show our support for that horrible tragedy,” said runner Weston Hulst.