Tallahasse Runners React to the Boston Marathon Bombing

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

April 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Police out in force in the Boston community and a nation is awakened by news that one bombing suspect is killed by police and a massive manhunt for the second.

"It's more or less the innocence that was hurt again in the United States," said Tom Perkins, a Tallahassee Runner.

Gary Griffin, a local running enthusiast, was at the Boston Marathon and knows that justice will be served, but wants to know why? Why the suspects destroyed such a day of unity?

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men as they say," said Gary Griffin, who ran in the Boston Marathon. "I understand the other one was his brother. What drove him to do that, that's what I would like to know."

David Yon has been to the Boston Marathon many times and is, like many Americans, glued to the TV as the story develops.

"If you got one enemy that you're fighting then at least you know how to react and what to do," said David Yon, a Tallahassee Runner. "But violence comes from so many different directions and definitely makes it a lot harder to understand."

Tallahassee runners are running for Boston Saturday morning with these blue and yellow ribbons. Runners say they represent strength and unity that they are not defeated in the wake of tragedy.

The Palace Saloon 5K will be held at James Messer Field tomorrow Saturday, April 20TH at 8 a.m. According to runners, the event has already attracted a thousand people. All of the runners will sign a banner that reads, "Boston we're with you" to send to the Boston Athletic Association.

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