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Runners send thoughts and prayers to Boston Marathon victims

Before the smoke could settle from a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, members of the Wilmington Roadrunners Club were already planning a prayer vigil. Before the smoke could settle from a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, members of the Wilmington Roadrunners Club were already planning a prayer vigil.
About a dozen people, some wearing their running shoes, circled up hand-in-hand to pray along the waterfront. About a dozen people, some wearing their running shoes, circled up hand-in-hand to pray along the waterfront.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Before the smoke could settle from a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, members of the Wilmington Roadrunners Club were already planning a prayer vigil.

Sarah Barbee said Monday that she was not sure how the event would work, but she knew it had to happen.

"I just wanted to see everyone," she said.

More than a dozen runners from the Cape Fear Area survived the explosions in Boston, and Barbee said it was welcomed news. But watching video of the attack left her wondering about the families of participants.

"So many of them had traveled up there," Barbee said. "This is a big accomplishment to qualify for Boston."

About a dozen people, some wearing their running shoes, circled up hand-in-hand to pray along the waterfront. Barbee said several members of Wilmington Roadrunners let her know they would be running Monday night.

"A lot of us, running is our time to deal with things," she said.

Barbee said an attack on a race will not stop people from running.

"We're going to continue to run and continue to hold races," she said.

Students from UNCW are also planning a candlelight vigil Tuesday night. It's scheduled for 9:30 p.m. near the Fisher Student Union.

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