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Atlanta runners honor Boston Marathon victims

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Runners in Atlanta honored victims of the deadly explosions in Boston with a "Mile of Silence" group run Tuesday morning.

Big Peach Running Company stores opened at 7 a.m., three hours early, so that runners could pay tribute to the spectators and runners of Monday's Boston Marathon.

Neil Van Leeuwen of Atlanta was one of the participants.

"There's something kind of calming about the pitter-patter of feet," Van Leeuwen said. "I think that people running in silence was really appropriate."

Van Leeuwen said he used to live in Boston and ran the Boston Marathon in 2009.

"I was really thinking about my experience with running the Boston Marathon was about people being together and helping each other, and I think this run was a good way to recognize that," he said.

Meghan King of Atlanta had tears in her eyes as she finished the "Mile of Silence."

"I don't think I'll be able to run for a while and not think about it, which I guess is a good thing," King said. "Everyone that was there (in Boston) needs to be thought about for a long time to come."

Karen Kaye helped organize the run. She's the communications director for Big Peach Running Company stores. She said today's turnout shows that runners will not let fear get in the way of their favorite pastime.

"It's so easy to just be afraid to go outside. We have to remember that in this county, we really do live in a safe country," said Kaye. "We shouldn't let the bad guys ruin our lifestyle. We should continue to embrace what we call a pedestrian-active lifestyle."

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