Runners in Alexandria paid tribute to those affected by the Boston bombings on Sunday morning. The GW Parkway Classic began with a moment of silence, and many participants showed solidarity with the victims by wearing ribbons.
"Runners are strong, we endure. Some people I spoke with only came out because of Boston," said runner Trisha Carter.
Security was stepped up to include new bag claim regulations, a 'no spectator zone' near the end of the course, and extra police officers on patrol. Organizers say, not one person notified them to cancel plans to attend the event following Monday's bombings.
The last mile of the race was dedicated to Peter Laboy, the Alexandria police officer shot during a traffic stop in February. He survived, but is facing a long road to recovery. Volunteers collected funds to help his family with medical expenses.
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