From the opening ceremony, to the starting horn, right up until the first runner crossed the finish line the atmosphere at the Lansing Marathon was one of unity.
"The response is phenomenal, and our hearts our thoughts obviously everybody is focused on Boston to a certain extent," said Mayor Virg Bernero.
Many runners sported shirts or carried momentos with support messages for Boston.
Virginia Beard, who handed out medals at the finish line, took off from the starting point at the Boston Marathon this year, but never finished the race.
"Unfortunately we were on mile twenty-four when the bombs went off. We ended up stopped with a half a mile to go," Beard said.
Before the opening ceremony today, Beard finished her half mile on the Lansing course.
"It was really powerful to have that experience today," she said .
"People said Monday after the tragedy that maybe we shouldn't have it, but instead everyone has come together," said Owen Anderson, marathon coordinator.
Anderson says he wasn't deterred, neither were the extra four hundred runners who signed up after the bombings.
"We want it to be great for our community, great for our country," Anderson said.
Anderson had extra security on hand, along with a bomb-sniffing dog. But as Beard says,
fear wasn't on runners minds today.
"We're not afraid to be here as runners but this has definitely been sort of the catharsis healing for how this week has been," Beard said.
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