HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Runners from across the Tri-State area came together Sunday afternoon for a run at Valley Park in Hurricane to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
More than 250 people came out for the run, raising upwards of $3,300 by the time the 2.5-mile run came to an end. Organizers said donations were still coming in at that time. The money will go to Boston Assisted Living to help victims cope with their injuries from the bombings.
The run, organized by local track and running clubs, came together on short notice. Some runners, like Angie Deiss of Scott Depot, said they came out to show their support for their fellow runners in Boston.
"Our entire family, my son, husband and I are all runners," Deiss said. "This is an important event for us to show our support to the running community and to Boston."
Nancy Dodd of Cross Lanes came to watch the race Sunday with her golden retriever, who was sporting blue and yellow handkerchiefs in honor of the Boston Marathon. Her daughters, Kayla and Olivia, ran with many others today. Dodd said the tragedy hit close to home.
"We actually have a friend, she lives in Boston and was at the race for awhile that day and had left and went back to work and was in that area," Dodd said.
Several of the runners have competed in the Boston Marathon themselves. Jim Wilmoth, who lives in Teays Valley, has qualified for Boston five times and has competed four times, although he said he hasn't run there in about 18 years. He said the whole experience is incredible.
"The city itself and all the cities that you run through make the race an experience that every runner wants to experience, and once you're there you want to go back," Wilmoth said.
Wilmoth's reaction to the bombings was one of "sadness, anger and regret," he said.
"Such a wonderful event, not only for the runners but for the city, the families and the spectators, was essentially ruined," Wilmoth said.
While many races are held for good causes, W.K. Munsey, who is one of the run's organizers, said this wasn't a typical race.
"There was no timing today, there was no pressure to do good," Munsey said. "It was just come and donate your money, donate your time and enjoy friendship."
Many runners agreed that runners are a unique and close-knit community.
"Runners are a great big family. Doesn't matter where you're at," Munsey said. "The runners, wherever they go, can all speak the same language."
Munsey said he was happy so many people came out for a spur-of-the-moment run like this one.
"To have all these people show up today on such a short notice, is absolutely awesome," Munsey said.