Runners show support at Orlando 5K run

Runners show support for victims of Boston Marathon bombings

Author: Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 11:36:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2013 11:36:46 PM EDT
Runners show support at corporate 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Thousands of local runners went out to show support for the city of Boston in the IOA Corporate 5k in downtown Orlando.

Runners crossing the finish-line had their hands over their hearts honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.

Sandy Hostetter was initially hesitant to participate.

"We thought twice about it only because we have two children running," said Hostetter.

But decided she wasn't going to let whoever is responsible stop her. Hostetter got her first glimpse of the two men, the FBI believe caused the bombing.

"It makes me ill. I just can't imagine what would possess someone to do this," said Hostetter.

Race organizer Jon Hughes ran in the Boston Marathon and heard the first explosion from his hotel just a block away

You want to do something but your helpless and it's so frustrating," said Hughes.

Hughes was elated to hear the FBI narrowed down their search.

"If these are the right guys then i hope justice is served and served swiftly," said Hughes.

American pride was on full display as runners and spectators came together, something that makes Hughes proud.

"I don't think these guys are very smart because it doesn't make us weaker it doesn't make us hate. It makes us stronger," said Hughes.

More than 16,000 runners participated, the most ever in the race's 19-year history.