TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - "There's evil in this world, but I think the positive is going to overcome all the evil," said Brady Hansel, a competitor, "that's why we're out here; united as one."
Two weeks ago, tragedy struck the United State. The disaster in Boston left three dead and hundreds injured.
However, it also gave millions of Americans an inspiration to come together.
"As a U.S. citizen and just the devastation that took place, you just want to help," said John Kesler, another runner.
That's what brought so many people here to Indiana State University Memorial Stadium. There was a moment of silence and a prayer, and then the rubber hit the road in a one-mile race/walk.
Some participants were in the Boston Marathon, others had a connection to running, but it was those that had neither that made this race special.
"We have a great running group in Terre Haute," said Majel Wells, the race coordinator and runner in the Boston Marathon. "I knew a lot of them would show up, but I'm really, really floored by the people who aren't runners who are here so it's just a really great community."
Terre Haute, Indiana is 1,000 miles from Boston, Massachusetts and from the tragedy that happened there. But judging by today, you would think that we're all neighbors; and in a sense, we are.
"I'm not in Boston where I can hands-on help clean up," said Kelser, "But by making a small charitable donation and just lending my support in that way, it's the way to help my fellow citizens and be a patriot."
With each sole striking the pavement, the souls of these runners filled with courage; as the same tragedy that sent people running in terror, now has them running in hope.
All the money raised in Saturday's race will go towards victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
So far, over $20 million has been raised nationwide.
Right on cue, Thursday’s early winter storm dumped snow and ice on the Wabash Valley but county highway crews were a step ahead of the weather’s arrival pre-treating the 897 miles of pavement in the county.
A fire has engulfed the First Prairie Creek Church in Vigo County.
A four car accident in eastern Vigo County leaves one person dead.
Workers at a new eatery in Terre Haute are preparing to open.
Otter Creek Township is on its way to getting a new fire station.
Knox County Commissioner Don Halter is ahead of the game when it comes to winter weather preparedness. But the man-power may have a hard time running full throttle. The Knox County highway budget took big cuts in 2013.