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'Run for Boston' held in Memphis

(WMC-TV) – Some local participants laced up again just four days after completing the Boston Marathon. They joined hundreds of others on a two-mile run through Overton Park.

"I felt like I had to come out," said John Geiger.

Geiger wore his Boston Marathon competitor's shirt. Memories of Monday's tragedy were still fresh in his mind.

"And to think I had walked that same street half a dozen times during the weekend," said Geiger. "Really put it in perspective."

Breakaway Running organized the "Run for Boston" to benefit a relief fund set up by the Governor of Massachusetts and others. 300 $10 T-shirts quickly sold out. Well over 500 people showed up.

"I think it says something a lot of us already know," said Breakaway owner Barry Roberson. "That we have a loving, wonderful community here in Memphis, Tennessee. And I think the runners here definitely exemplify that."

"I just felt like it was a really good thing Memphis was doing for Boston with the tragedy that's been there this week," said runner Judith Glover.

Many of the runners told us they watched coverage of the manhunt before coming to the park, which had yet to end in Boston by the time the run began in Memphis.

"Just to come and run a couple of miles tonight and donate a few dollars for a shirt is nothing compared to what they're going through right now," said Glover.

In addition to the T-shirt sales, proceeds from an after-party were to go to the "One Fund Boston" as well.

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