Runners Remember Boston at Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
CREATED May. 19, 2013
With months of training in the books hundreds of runners hit the pavement today for the 14th Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.
But today's race may have been a little more meaningful with the Boston Marathon tragedy still on the minds of so many.
More than seven thousand runners from all over the country including some from Boston came to Green Bay for the marathon.
While the tragedy still not forgotten participants say this race marks the time in their life when all that hard work pays off.
Runners got ready, doing their pre-marathon routines.
"I'm excited, I put in a lot of training," says David Sanchez of Green Bay.
Counting the time they've put in.
"20, 30 hours a week," says Sanchez.
"Rough road training for it and all that," says Steve Diezel of Green Bay.
"Putting in the long runs is important," says Jennifer Schumann of Green Bay.
Waiting to cross that finish line.
"You're always a little bit older, you're always in a little different shape. So there's always a little bit feeling of accomplishment," says Eric Pless of Green Bay.
However, today's race includes a little more than a feeling of accomplishment. For runners, Boston weighing heavy on their minds.
"Today is a little bit special, because of that."
A moment of silence at the starting line everyones fist raised in the air in a tribute for those killed by the bombings.
"For me and everybody else, this was the most emotionally moving start we've had in the history of our event," says Race Director Sean Ryan.
"Channeling the strength that all of us kind of running together as one," says Katie Mikez of Minneapolis.
As runners take off family and friends are behind them cheering all the way through.
"It's awesome. I'm so proud that they do this," says Douglas Hoppe.
"Some people it's their first race, some people it's tenth or eleventh or even more. I think it's important to everyone," says Katie Massingill of Chicago.
Many miles later runners finished energized.
"Running through lambeau at the end was awesome," says Jill Mierow of Franklin.
Reaching their goal.
"This is a great race, a good way to stay in shape," says Nick Hahn.
And a good way to tell the world that runners will keep going and stay Boston strong.
This race had the most security ever but organizers say because of that It was one of the most successful marathons they've ever had.