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Hundreds participate in Charleston Run for Boston 5K

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After Monday's bombings, Adrienne Levy said she wanted to help.

She didn't realize at the time how many people her 5K would impact.

Sunday morning Levy told News 2 Today, "We have a handful of people here this morning who were up there running the Boston Marathon, one lady she was able to finish but her friend was still a half mile behind the finish line. He came up to me this morning and said he was running these last few miles as his Boston finish."

There were about 500 runners at the downtown race Sunday.

"Just goes to show the type of running community we have here in Charleston and it's lovely to see this type of support," runner Dan Boland said.

Another runner, John Klei said he felt it really affected him since he said two years ago this could have been a different story for him, "My wife was out there two years ago close to where the blast went off."

Katherine Pezzella said she the bombings hit too close to home, it impacted her hometown. "I had a lot of friends and family that were really close to the scene and working all week to find those who are responsible and there are a lot of transplant Bostonians down here and Charleston is a running city, we get it, we understand and we just want to rally and unite because it could have happened anywhere."

They did rally from Colonial Lake to the Battery.

"I didn't really know what would happen at the end, but when I finished everybody was standing there clapping and cheering together waiting for runners to finish," Levy said. "That spirit of athleticism, it's really uniting and it's something that keeps bringing me back to the sport."

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