Cellcom Marathon kicks off with several tributes to Boston

Published 05/19 2013 12:03PM

Updated 05/20 2013 01:49PM

GREEN BAY-(WFRV)--An emotional start to the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon race as the sound of shuffling feet was replaced by 26 seconds.
Runners held up their 2013 Boston wristbands to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

"No matter how fast or slow we run, we run as one," said one runner from Green Bay.

Bob Frievalt, a runner, said "It shows everyone we're there for them."

Above the runners as they began the race, the American flag--as a tribute to the emergency responders.

Green Bay Fire Chief, Mike Nieft, said "To have the flag of the country up and to see all the people and how much commitment they've put into this type of event and see what a big deal it is, it's a high spirit event for everybody."

Talking to runners they say if the Boston Bombings taught them anything, it's that the running community is closer and stronger than ever.  And that they're not running for themselves, they're running for each other.

Sean Ryan, the Cellcom Marathon Director said, "The running community is a family and when they're tightly knitted to begin with and when your family is attacked it just brings you closer together."

Maureen Garvey, from Boston who was at the bombings, said "It was a family before and now it's an extended family."

Maureen, who is with a group of 15 people from Boston--traveled to Green Bay to complete the race she never got to finish in Boston. 

Denise Sylvain, one of the other runners from Boston, said "There were people we knew who lost limbs and there were people who lost their lives."

And as each runner crossed the finish, the dozens of people and three people killed in the Boston tragedy were on everyone's mind.

Fredrick McCann, a runner, said "Our hearts are with them and we hope they have a speedy recovery."

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