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Oshkosh runners pause to honor Boston

Published On: Apr 21 2013 03:22:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 21 2013 10:30:26 PM CDT
OSHKOSH, Wis. -

Runners participating in the Oshkosh Half Marathon over the weekend paused to honor those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

A brief ceremony was held prior to the race in Oshkosh Sunday morning.

Several Wisconsin runners who ran the Boston Marathon last Monday talked about their experiences at the world's oldest marathon, where two bombs exploded Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 170 others.

"A lot of people were just giving a lot of well wishes and letting us know they're glad we made it back safely, which made us feel real good," said runner Adam Brouch.

Midwest Sports Events organized the Oshkosh Half Marathon and 5K. Executive director Gloria West said they reached out to all Wisconsin runners who were at the Boston Marathon and invited them to Sunday's event.

The Oshkosh Northwestern said between 20 and 30 runners who were in Boston were expected to join about 2,700 runners signed up for the event.

Race organizers said there were some extra security precautions in place because of the Boston bombings. Runners reported they felt safe.

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