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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Whether it’s to bring awareness to disease or raise funds for a good cause, like an animal assisted therapy organization, every run, has a purpose.
At this years Mutt Strut, benefiting Hand in Paw, volunteer Melanie Layne was please with the turn out.
“I’m just thankful that everybody came and that didn’t let that deter them from the run and you know and supporting hand in Hand in Paw because Hand in Paw does a great thing for our community,” she said.
“I’m just thankful “that” didn’t deter them,” words that have echoed at runs around the world since the devastating bombing at the Boston Marathon. Layne adds, “we are praying for everybody that was there and involved.”
For the foreseeable future thoughts of crossing the finish line will likely be followed by images of what happened in Boston.
Eric Richardson is a volunteer for the Tiger 8 Run in Blountsville, Richardson says it’s time to stand strong in the wake of the tragedy.
“It terrifies me, it scares my family but we can’t let that hold us back,” said Richardson.
For years the one and a half mile run around JB Pennington High School has simply been something fun for the community to do. This is the first time the run will be for a specific cause.
“We’re trying to regain our peace of mind. It’s a terrible tragedy, what happened to these runners and their families. It could’ve happened anywhere in this country.
The purpose of what has now been named the “Tiger 8 Run for Boston” is to show support for those who were at the marathon when the bombs went off.