OLATHE, Kan. - Five days after two bombs killed three people and injured nearly 180 others at the Boston Marathon, runners in the Olathe Garmin Marathon said they were thankful to be able to show their support by running to accomplish a goal that was cut short for hundreds of others.
"It's been kind of a rough week for our country. I think this is a good place to be right now," Bryan Johnson, of Shawnee, said.
"I think there's a general sense of camaraderie that comes with it, and people are kind of grouping together to support them, and show them some love," Casey Pickering, of Mission, said.
"I think naturally it puts a little bit of fears in your eyes, but that's not going to keep us from living our day-to-day lives and getting out there and keep going," Alex Doyle of Olathe said.
Getting back out there is what three local runners, and their supporters, did.
The group, who ran in Boston, but had their finish cut short by the bombs, crossed the finish together in Olathe. It was a moment each runner said was bittersweet.
"It doesn't get any better than this. There can't be a more special finish to a marathon than this. I don't care what race this is, whether it's London or Boston, this is the best," Sarah Bibens, of Kansas City, said.
Several of the runners said they hope to qualify for Boston again, and have no second thoughts about going back.