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Lufkin runners dedicate their runs to victims of Boston explosions

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Wednesday night athletes from across Angelina County hit the ground running dedicating their evening runs to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Runners took off, all sporting blue and yellow in remembrance of Monday's tragedy."

"We're just like one big family and we're just showing our love and support for our fellow runners," said Cindy Sosa Springs, President, Lufkin Area Pace Setters.

Two explosions at the marathon finish line claimed three lives and left hundreds injured.

Lufkin Area Pace Setters President Cindy Springs says the marathon is a goal many runners strive for and Monday should have been milestone for all the participants.

"How much work goes into being able to qualify for that race and the fact all those people worked so hard to be there it should have been one of the most joyous times of their lives," said Springs.

Runner Jan Viet ran the Boston Marathon in 2010 and says the crowd support is a great motivator and completing those 26.2 miles is a moment he'll never forget.

"That particular marathon is a straight run and one turn at the fire station, not much sightseeing but a lot of support from the locals," said Viet.

LAPS officials say the running community is a family and in hard times everyone steps in and does their part. 

"There are runners all over getting out and running," said Jessica Mays, LAPS Member.

Letting nothing get in their way or slow them down.

"When things get tough we as runners put on our shoes and go," said Mays.

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