Runners determination not deterred by bombings

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Emlyn Mulford was one of about 40 runners who recently united in a run to remember the victims of he Boston Marathon bombing. 

AMHERST – More than 40 runners recently took to the streets of Amherst in remembrance of the three people killed and 183 others injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Runners are the worst group to try to pick on because runners are like family,” said Anthony Fromm, marathon runner with the Amherst Striders, which was one of several running groups taking part in the run. “Runners are a tightknit group and when a tragedy like this happens it gives you more determination to keep going.”

Fromm has signed up for the Bluenose Marathon and the Fredericton Marathon, and said, if his training goes well this year, that he will try to qualify for 2014 Boston Marathon.

“I don’t think the bombing is going to deter anybody from going to Boston to run the marathon,” said Fromm.

The bomb at the Boston Marathon exploded at the finish line.

“We’ve all been there, we’ve all had our families and friends waiting at the finish line cheering for us,” said Fromm. “You think of what happened there with runners families and kids and brothers and sisters. We can all relate to what the runners and spectators went through.”

Paul Pugsley, who was running in the same group as Fromm, agrees.

“The feeling of triumph and feeling of accomplishment you have when you cross the finish line is something you want to share it with all the people,” said Pugsley. “And to have that feeling destroyed by a bomb is hard to comprehend.”

Pugsley said that because of the bombing more people than ever are signing up for marathons.

“You can’t let terrorists rob you of what you like to do because that’s what they want,” said Pugsley.

Runners of all different levels took part in the run and ran anywhere between five and 15 kilometres.

Running groups included the Amherst Striders, the YMCA and the Sole Sisters.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

 

Organizations: Boston Marathon, YMCA

Geographic location: Boston

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