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Roanoke runners lace up for victims of April 16th and Boston Marathon

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Each week these runners lace up their shoes and hit the pavement. But the owner of Fleet Feet says this Tuesday is different. 

"As you are running, think about the people that have been effected by both of these tragedies and just remember them," says Blain Lewis. 

Fleet Feet considers Roanoke a tight nit community filled with Hokies and runners. A community that comes together in a time of need says store owner Blain Lewis; who asked people in their weekly pub run group to wear blue and yellow for the Boston Marathon victims, or maroon and orange to remember 32 people killed 6 years ago at Virginia Tech 

"Virginia Tech is home it is a local university. The unique things about being a runner you start running to become part of a community of other runners, and so the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon are something everyone with our pub runs connects with and feels an additional loss or tragedy," says Blain. 

From blue shirts, to shorts and shoes, the support for Boston covered the Roanoke greenway. Allison Gray knew exactly what she was going to wear and why; to show support for those suffering miles away in Boston. 

"This run is going to be awesome, because we are going to celebrate being runners and being a community as a hole," says Gray. 

Closer to home, Michelle Adams wore her remembrance run shirt to honor the 32 Hokies killed on April 16th. 

"It shows that just because things happen that people shouldn't be scared to get out and do it, because you can't stop doing things that you love because there are people out there that are mean and evil," says Adams. 

And with every step and stride, folks in the star city are thinking of people in their community suffering; all of the way from Boston to Blacksburg.





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