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Run held at Onondaga Lake Park for Boston Marathon bombing victims

The Central New York community banded together in memory of those who were hurt, or lost their lives in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Liverpool (WSYR-TV) -- The Central New York community banded together in memory of those who were hurt, or lost their lives in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A tribute run in Onondaga Lake Park launched with a performance of "Amazing Grace" performed by a local bagpipe band.

Boston Marathon runner Joanna Young’s steady tone Monday was a contrast to the panic she felt one week ago.

"It was kind of bittersweet because I was able to finish my first ever Boston Marathon and then shortly after there was such a tragedy and it seemed the accomplishment of running the marathon completely paled in comparison to the events that unfolded," Young said.

The idea for a local tribute took off quickly after a blogger in California asked people across the country to organize friends.

Vigil Run Organizer Susan Brilla told NewsChannel 9, "Thursday night, I said, 'Hey, I know a couple of friends in Syracuse who run.’ So, I started a Facebook page and it had maybe 10-15 likes. Then, by Sunday, it was over 100.”

The numbers swelled to several hundred Monday night. People walked, jogged, or sprinted with a mission.

"She wanted to do it because she wanted to have a space for her runners to be together and feel safe and she did it," said volunteer Liz Knickerbocker, who works for Fleet Feet Sports. "She has created a movement and so I think that just goes to show the power of one and the power of standing up and taking charge.”

Runners were not timed. There was no distance set. No one was charged a fee to run. The goal was never about raising money. It was about raising spirits.

"For the runners, for the families and the people who died and were injured, it is just awful," said Minday Holgate, who was raised in Massachusetts. "In my small way, this is how I can support the momentum of the larger project.”

"It shows that we're really all a big community and we're trying to support each other and there is definitely more good out there than evil,” said Fairmount resident Patrick Fallon.
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