APPLETON - Area runners joined together in Appleton for a common cause: honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
"We're kind of having a tribute to pay homage to those folks and to show that we're unstoppable, we can't let those things change what we do on a daily basis," explained Jeremy Schapiro, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports of the Fox Valley, which hosted the fun run in Appleton.
More than 200 people came to run - many wearing yellow and blue, the Boston Marathon colors and of the runners - several who ran in the Boston Marathon.
"Talked about our experience out there, where we were, when it was going on. I think it's good to just talk about it," said Ken Fenton.
Fenton talked with FOX 11 about his experience in Boston. He described the day after the bombing, when was out wearing his marathon jacket.
"I had three people, just random people, come up to me and thank me and say, 'please come back,'" said Fenton.
And hundreds of miles away in the Fox Valley, Fenton and his fellow runners say they wanted to show their support.
"To support the people of Boston, everyone who's been affected, the runners who can no longer run, we are here for them," said Tara Birling.
"We should pray for them, because they might have lost a member of their family and they would be really sad," said Connor Birling.
Many we spoke with told us this represents what runners do: when the chips are down they show each other support.
"It does. Runners are obviously a very close-knit group," said Tara Birling.
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