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Minn. runners plan event for Boston Marathon bombing victims

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    Marathon runners from Minnesota are still returning home from the Boston Marathon, many with mixed, raw emotions -- and Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam was one of them.
    Marathon runners from Minnesota are still returning home from the Boston Marathon, many with mixed, raw emotions -- and Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam was one of them.
RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) -

From the moment the first blast changed the Boston Marathon, countless good Samaritans and first responders proved heroic by running toward the chaos to help anyone they could despite fear -- and help is still pouring in.

"I just had to collect myself and prepare myself for what I was going to see. As a team, we tried to work together and hold our own and take care of the people coming in," said a witness who was working as a medic during the marathon.

Responders said strangers literally gave victims the shirts of their backs to make tourniquets after two explosions rocked the finish line at the prestigious, 26.2-mile race.

"The Red Cross was there giving us blankets and Gatorade and PowerBars," recalled Cheryl Fraiser. "What was even better was some of the houses opened up to the runners -- come inside, get warm, have something to eat."

Some runners even went beyond the race to nearby hospitals to donate blood for the injured.

"You just feel helpless being this far away and all these people coming back," Kris Kuhn told FOX 9 News from her home in Robbinsdale.

Mark and Kris Kuhn own Up Tempo Race Management in the Twin Cities. The avid runners say that after being part of the Boston Marathon in 2012, they were compelled to redirect their resources when they heard about the Patriot's Day bombing.

Now, the Kuhns are using Facebook to organize a run on April 28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield.

"We'll start the race at 10:40 a.m., which is the same race time as the last wave of the Boston Marathon," said Mark Kuhn. "We'll hold the run open for 4 hours, 9 minutes and 43 seconds, which is the time the clock was at when the bomb went off."

The plan is to honor the victims and raise donations for their families. At the very least, they hope to unite the running community in the wake of the terror attack in Boston.

"People can come out, run, walk for 5 minutes, 4 hours -- whatever you want to do," said Kris Kuhn. "Just come down to show your support. We'll have some water and Gatorade and bagel chunks. Whatever you are going to need, we'll be there to support you to support the victims."

Across the country, others felt compelled to do something similar. Many people are sending tweets showing images of marathon shirts from different cities as a sign of unity along with the hash tag #runforboston.

Pat Cotter, an Army reservist, spent his day running around Lake Calhoun in south Minneapolis and thinking about his two friends. Both ran the Boston Marathon on Monday but escaped injury.

"I've been running for about an hour and a half just thinking about what's going to happen next," Cotter told FOX 9 news. "It's not going to stop any of us. It's a lifestyle, no matter who tries to hurt us."

Hopefully, the hurt will only be temporary and the horror of Monday's attack will eventually be overshadowed by the resilience of runners everywhere.

For more information about the run being organized on April 28th click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/645661722127658/

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