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Berks County runners unite for Boston

Published On: Apr 22 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 05:44:26 AM EDT

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The victims of the Boston bombings are on the minds of many runners in Reading.

Hundreds took part Monday night in a very special race called Runners for Boston 5K.

Running is an individual sport, but there's plenty of support. The race did not start at 6:30 p.m. because there were such long lines.


"With the events from last Monday," said Todd Buchanan of Sinking Spring, "I think this race starting late tonight is very minimal."

Buchanan was just one of the Boston Marathon runners from Berks County who wanted to run in Reading a week later.

"Without starting to cry, this was my dream since middle school to run Boston," said Jen LLoyd.

Jen Lloyd's son was watching in Boston with his grandfather.

"He said, 'There's a bomb in the Boston Marathon, but we were lucky because your mom was safe,"' said Ethan Lloyd.

"To raise money for the people that are going to be going through physical therapy and all of the other things that they have to deal with, this was something easy to do," said Jen Lloyd.

Runners of all skill levels were on the Thun Trail.

"I think it's amazing to see everybody out," said Katie O'Regan.

Runners can keep track of their time but for many of them they said it was about being there.

"I'm not going to even run the race at full pace. Sit back and just relax and enjoy being with all these people," said Craig Peiffer.

It's been a long week for then and the spectators who cheered them on.

"Then the next blast went off and I thought we're in trouble," said Time Kriens, "I didn't know, I was on the mortar team in Vietnam and it just freaked me out at that point that I had to get out of there."

"She tries not to think about it," said Bill Starr about his girlfriend, "She was probably talking to the little boy that was killed. So, it was very surreal for her."