East Tennesseans run, walk to pay tribute to Boston bombing victims

10:34 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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Runners and walkers in East Tennessee are paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in their own way.

Tuesday night, a large group of joggers and walkers met at West Hills Park in West Knoxville to run 26.2 miles in honor of the victims. Using social media, Denise Koessler helped rally dozens of runners to come show their support. Everyone walked or ran as much as they could to see how many marathons they could all do together.

One of the organizers had a brother in Boston who finished the race and fortunately did not suffer any injuries. She says Tuesday's run was a tribute to those who were injured.

"Let's just use our bodies and be thankful for what we still have in honor of those athletes and their families," said Jamie Ligon.

"They loved to run and they had to have this terrible senseless act happen while they're just out there doing what they love to do. So I figured we should get some people out to support them and do what they maybe cannot do right now," said Koessler.

As of 9:30 Tuesday, the group had run about 200 miles, just more than seven-and-a-half marathons.

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