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Nearly 3,000 turn out in Raleigh for Boston Memorial Run

Posted April 21, 2013 7:07 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2013 7:12 p.m. EDT

— Nearly 3,000 runners hit the pavement Sunday in downtown Raleigh to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last week.

Those who showed up at Moore Square for the 3-mile Boston Memorial Run said they were there to show solidarity and their support for Boston.

Three people were killed in the pair of blasts, and more than 180 people were injured. About 50 people were still listed in critical condition Sunday.

"I was about 200 feet from the second bomb when it went off," said Maureen Stavis. "The smell, the noise, the screams, the chaos was unbelievable."

Kaz Yahyapour, race director for the Tobacco Road Marathon, helped organize the 3-mile Boston Memorial Run.

Yahyapour had crossed the Boston Marathon finish line about 15 minutes before the first explosion Monday.

He said he was expecting about 300 runners.

Many runners who crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon said they did so for those who couldn't on Monday.

"If anything, it has made us stronger. I think this is sort of the recovery phase," said Joe Stavis. "Runners go through the recovery phase after they run. They need to heal, let their muscles, body, mind and spirit all come back together to be stronger."