Buffalo Runs For Boston

April 21, 2013 Updated Apr 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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April 21, 2013 Updated Apr 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) It started as a single idea that grew and grew until hundreds of runners took to Delaware Park Sunday morning to 'Run for Boston.'

It had the look of a road race or 5k, but a feeling much different as runners came together, many in Boston attire, to to show support and solidarity after a tragic week.

"It's amazing, it's overwhelming, it's really great to see all of the support from the community that we're getting," event organizer Elizabeth Weinberg said.

There was no entry fee, but donations were collected for the American Red Cross and the "One Fund" to support those affected.

"It helps them know that going forward that they're going to have support and it's all not for nothing and that there are people out there that are going to help them and remember them," Nola Cornett-Swistak of Tonawanda said.

Many individual runners spoke about the comradery their sport brings, and the comfort it can provide at a time like this.

"People who run understand the physical need to help and we always help. We're not individuals, we're teams," Jeff Douglas of North Buffalo said.

Several marathoners that were running in Boston on Monday came to Sunday's run. Among them was Carol Flaherty of East Aurora, who was stopped less than a half mile from the finish line after the bombs went off.

"To think that something like this could happen at a premier running race or any race it is still sinking in honestly. It is very emotional to have lived through this," Flaherty said.

But for her as well as many runners in Western New York and across the country, what happened in Boston this week will not stop them from doing what they love.

"Rest assured that I am going to run Boston next year. I am committed to run this race next year," she added.