TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - It's been said over and over again since the news of the Boston bombings first broke -- the running community is tight knit and that goes for Tucson's running community too.
Monday, hundreds of Tucson residents ran and walked in the "Run for Boston." The event raised money for victims of last week's deadly Boston blasts. All of the money raised will go to The One Fund.
Amy Dowe and her family ran for a very specific purpose -- actually a very specific person.
"I started texting her. Three text messages. A phone call," Dowe told 9OYS while she kept one arm around her daughter.
A Boston native now living in Tucson, Dowe ran in honor of her closest friend who lost her right leg in the blasts.
"I feel very helpless being across the country and that's [a] really hard thing to stomach," Dowe continued.
Last week marked the first time Tucson resident Ginger Unwin was competing in the Boston Marathon. She was in the medical tent at the time of the blasts.
"I heard the explosions. I heard car accidents, I've heard fireworks and that was nothing like I'd ever heard before," Unwin said.
But then there are the residents and runners alike, with no personal connection at all; running simply to start the healing process and raise a little money for victims along the way.