CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of Charlotte-area runners turned out Monday night to show support for the families of the victims who were killed and injured in the Boston Marathon bombings one week ago.
Tim Rhodes, the owner of four 'Run for Your Life' running stores in Charlotte, organized the local runs.
"The people that were victimized in some cases weren't runners. They were just innocent bystanders. Were just there to support us, so what can we do to support them," Rose said, explaining why he wanted to get involved.
Among the runners Monday were some who knew Nicole and Michael Gross, who, along with Nicole's sister, were at the finish line in Boston a week ago and were badly injured when the first bomb exploded.
Nicole was the triathlon swim coach for Britt Reynolds who turned out for the Dilworth run.
"Knowing what an amazing athlete she is and it is her livelihood, and she is such a positive force. I just wish her a full recovery," Reynolds said.
The Dilworth run wound through the neighborhood streets and runners said what happened in Boston will not discourage anyone and will only make the running community that much stronger.
"Runners are not the right group to target for something like this. We'll keep pushing forward and keep fighting to get to the finish line," said runner Leanne Grecco.
Special t-shirts that were sold to raise money for the families of the injured sold out quickly. Anyone still interested in purchasing one can place an order at any of the Run For Your Life stores.
All of the money will go into a fund for the victims.