BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Hundreds of runners rallied in downtown Baton Rouge on Tuesday for a race to honor those impacted by the devastation in Boston.
They meet every Tuesday for the same purpose, each with very different goals. But the day after the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line the members of Happy's Running Club could not help but reflect on the horrific event that destroyed so many dreams.
"I ran New York in 2009 and it was a big accomplishment and I'm sorry their chance was ruined," Christine Broussard said.
To honor everyone who laced up for Boston's main event, Broussard and other runners wore shirts spotlighting the races they have participated in to show they are all part of the same community.
Frank Hope donned his shirt from the 2009 Boston Marathon.
"People train for years to qualify for the Boston and that act just ruined that whole, even for them," Hope said.
Fellow runners carried heavy hearts as they quietly jogged through the Capital City thinking about the men and women affected by the tragedy at the Boston finish line.
"It's devastating. We connect as one and pray for their health and strength and they're going to be okay it's in God's hands," Cynthia Jenkins said.
"It's just one of those things that's very surreal for us runners and it hits close to home and it's not just about runners. It's about everybody. This is home," Brandon Williams said.