CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - With the Boston Marathon fresh in everyone's mind, thousands of runners took to the streets of Greater Cincinnati for the Flying Pig.
Many of the runners used the race as an opportunity to show support for those impacted.
Danielle Schneider and Stephanie Miller were both in Boston when the bombs went off. They completed the race 1.5 hours before tragedy struck.
"We were all together and we heard the bombs go off and, after the second one, ran for our lives," said Schneider.
For the duo, both Cincinnati natives, participating in the Flying Pig wasn't even a question.
"I mean, there was no question in our minds we weren't doing this, and certainly Boston next year," explains Miller. "If anything, it makes me want to keep running marathon after marathon."
Schneider now resides in Boston. Both women used the Flying Pig as a way to raise money for those directly affected by the bombings.
"We decided to run today for two different couples that lost some limbs and are still in the hospital. Our goal was $2,602 and we're at 8,800 as of today," said Schneider, "A huge outpouring of support from Cincinnati."
Runners all seemed to echo the same sentiment.
"Runners are a resilient group, obviously," said half-marathon runner, Chris Was. "I just see this increasing in everything that's happening right now. All the marathons are filling up quickly and people want to run."