Tragedy in Boston inspires runners nationwide - FOX 13 News

Tragedy in Boston inspires runners nationwide

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Tampa Bay area runners have noticed more people pounding the pavement and signing up for races after the Boston bombings this week.

Running is an endurance sport and runners endure -- that's the message from Sandi Lake, past Boston Marathon runner and Gasparilla Distance Classic board member.

"The running community's strong, really strong. Our shoes are made for running and that's what we do and we endure."

Debbie Voiles founded "Run Tampa" a few years ago. The running club, now 300 members strong, dedicates their weekly Saturday morning run at Trout Creek Park to the Boston bombing victims and to the running community. Debbie sees runners more determined to continue running and racing.

"We're so close and it's such a diverse community and you see the veterans helping the new runners so that establishes bonds and that keeps the sport growing."

New "Run Tampa" member, Alaina May, trains for her first marathon. She plans to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon this October in Washington, D.C., "I really cannot wait to hit that pavement, and actually I wish that marathon were sooner than it is."

These runners make strong statements proving that running might be an individual event, but it's a team sport.

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