VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A local running group hosted a reflection run and fundraiser for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Runners meet every Saturday morning at Final Kick Sports in Virginia Beach, but this week, the run had more meaning.
"We felt bad for the people injured at the Boston marathon and we wanted to do something about it," said Ashley Terminello, an 11-year-old runner who helped organize the fundraiser with the American Red Cross.
"She thought they were going to cancel races and marathons moving forward, and she loves to run and she loves to run in them, and she was like, 'You know, Mom, I don't want people to stop running. What can we do to keep them running?'" said Erica Terminello, Ashley's mother.
The Final Kick Sports team was more than happy to help raise money for victims of the bombings that abruptly ended the Boston marathon.
"Looking around, seeing a lot of faces I don't usually see on a Saturday morning, tells me there is an awareness that people have come out for Boston," said one runner.
Jim Golden, of Final Kick Sports, says usually his runners have different motivations, but this Saturday, they all shared one. He says runners connect with what happened at the Finish Line, and think about the victims being part of their families.
"The support team is the moms, the dads, the wives, the children that stand on the sidelines and these two young men with evil in their hearts went after the wrong group," said Golden.
With the help of Golden and Terminello, Virginia Beach runners discovered you don't have to be from Boston to be 'Boston Strong.'
"This is our way of doing something," said Erica Terminello. "I think it shows a resolve of what Americans can do and what we're made of."
The Terminello family is still collecting donations for the American Red Cross. Click here for more information.
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