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Local runners lace up to honor Boston bombing victims

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds of runners gathered at Mission Bay Monday to honor those who lost their lives or were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event was called "Boston Strong San Diego."

For as far as the eye could see, runners took their grief to the pavement around Mission Bay as a symbol of hope for those affected by Monday's marathon attacks.

"Just to show the people of Boston and San Diego...we'll be thinking about them. We support them."

Mark Gorence had just finished the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off.

"I had no idea and not until I saw everybody running, screaming, clearing...cause they were yelling at us what it was," said Gorence.

Gorence brought back a poster, which was attached to a light pole there. Others wore Boston shirts, along with bibs, reading: "We are all Boston Marathoners."

Boston Strong San Diego began as a small gathering amongst a group of runners.

"When I started the invite...I invited 10 people," said Joanna Charnas.

After combining the event with another local one, word spread quickly, prompting 1400 RSVP'S through Facebook.

San Diego is now one of more than 100 cities worldwide to hold such a run. Incredible, even for those who didn't run but were overcome by the show of solidarity.

"I'm deeply moved...memories live, vivid," said a spectator.

Just as vivid, this moment of silence -- where with fingers pointed in the air, it somehow seemed to connect with those 3,000 miles away.

"It's the heart. It's the soul. It's people taking care of people. If it happened in any other city...same thing," said another spectator.

There wasn't a set course for Monday's run. Most people ran between three and five miles. It was inspired by the website pavementrunner.com which organized the global event online.

Organizers say, because the city permit for Monday's run was treated as a first amendment protest, they didn't have to pay to hold it along Mission Bay.

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