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Charlotte runners turn out city-wide to honor Boston strong

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte's running community came out in droves to show their support for Boston and the victims of the bombings, one week after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.

Runners met at running stores in Charlotte and across the country for 6:30 p.m. to show their support for the city and all of the victims.

It's was a thrilling sight for born and raised Bostonian Carol Faraday to see outside the Run for Your Life in Dilworth.

"I can speak for the people of Boston and they are thrilled," she said.

Nearly a hundred runners from Charlotte -- decked out in blue and yellow -- all wearing the same runner's tag. It's Charlotte's -- and Faraday's-- way of honoring Boston Strong.

"Oh I gotta run," she said. "I'm not a great runner, I run in some 5-Ks' but yeah, I had to run for my hometown."

Hometown or not, it was a change to lace up your sneakers, pound the pavement and let Bostonians know these Charlotteans stand with them.

It's why avid runner and Run for your Life owner Tim Rhodes -- said participating in this nationwide event was a no-brainer.

"It's a way for us to give back and say, 'hey thanks for supporting us -- we want to support you'," he said.

That need to support is what compelled Dorrance Bickford to run tonight.

"This is just 25 minutes out of my life and I feel like it makes a little bit of a difference," she said. "It doesn't matter what age you are, what level you run -- if you wear a number you're a runner and what happened, everybody feels it. Everybody is very sensitive to it."

A sensitivity that will fade as time goes on -- but one thing will always hold true. You can't keep a runner -- or the city of Boston-- down.

"It's part of the healing process but it's also a way of saying hey, you're messing with the wrong people and I think you heard that message loud and clear from the people in Boston this weekend, you know," said Rhodes.

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