NEW YORK (PIX11)- “We have to keep moving forward, we have to keep running, and we have to keep our spirit high.”
Mitchell Kraskin has run the New York City Marathon five times.
But with friends and family in Boston still processing the attacks at the Boston Marathon, today Kraskin decided to run for a reason, “I’m here for them today. They were here for us on 9-11 and I’m here for them.”
And Kraskin wasn’t alone.
The New York Road Runners Club raised almost forty thousand dollars for those affected by last week’s bombings by selling “I run for Boston” T-shirts and donating a portion of the registration fees.
Jesse Alequin put aside his respectful rivalry for the city and made his Boston running suit before the race.
“I just felt I needed to run for Boston. Even though I’m a Yankee fan I run for Boston today.”
Meanwhile, in Lower Manhattan there was another walk and run in memory of the September 11th attacks.
Many of the runners say they had saw so much support from Bostonians after 9/11 that they wanted to return the gesture.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re from the location where it happened, we care,” said Bronx resident Rene Gonzalez.
And both in Lower Manhattan and Central Park there was an obvious increased police presence.
Counter-terrorism and National Guard units patrolled the finish lines and police performed random bag searches.
Runners were asked to only use see-through bags they planned to check and unattended bags were confiscated
But participants said putting up with a little extra security was worth it to show all terrorists they will not live their lives in fear.
“You don’t let them take away your freedom by letting them change who you are and how you live your life.”