Mid-South Runners Hold Moment of Silence for Boston

Mid-South Runners Hold Moment of Silence for Boston

When Victor Rocha's foot hits the pavement, everything else goes away. Like many runners, this is their comfort zone, their escape from everyday life. Monday, that was taken from them.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - When Victor Rocha's foot hits the pavement, everything else goes away. Like many runners, this is their comfort zone, their escape from everyday life. Monday, that was taken from them.

"That's what the terrorists want us to do," Rocha explains, "They want this to change our ways, they want us to live in fear, that we can't go to a movie theater, where our kids are not safe in school. We can't run a marathon anymore, but you know what I say? To heck with that."

To prove his point, Rocha, and a group of runners from Medtronic, joined together Tuesday morning in honor of Boston and runners across the globe.

"The road ahead is long, but little do they know, we're good with that," Rocha told the group, "Please join me in a moment of silence for the good people of Boston."

Then the runners did what they know best. They ran 4.09 miles in honor of the 4:09 time on the finish line clock in Boston when the first explosion hit.

"I just know from here on out, every race out there everyone's going to have a moment of silence for the people in Boston." Rocha says, "Because today we run for Boston."

The explosion hit especially close to home for Rocha's running partner, Rebecca May. She spent the previous two Boston marathons in the stands while her sister ran. "We were at that very same spot last year when all of this happened." May explains, "I'm cheering her on across the finish line. For me it was very personal because I was just there..." she begins to cry, "I'm sorry."

The tears won't keep them from running. Both Rocha and May have races in the next two weeks, one in Illinois, the other in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday's run may not give them their mental escape, but as runners do, they'll pace themselves, endure and overcome.
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