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Avera holds run/walk for Boston at fitness center, Saturday

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A picture-perfect Saturday morning for a group of runners and walkers at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.

Dozens gathered outside for a 2.62 mile run/walk to honor those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Some participants were also runners in the Boston Marathon while others had relatives who were there, as well.

"This is such an awesome event, I'm so glad Avera decided to do this. My daughter Gretchen ran and finished before the bomb. It's nice to get everyone together and coming together here locally," runner Shannon Peterson said.

"Any of us who were there on Monday the 15th are really glad to be here, anywhere, because it was so frightening. I think the Avera people are doing this to show their appreciation that we're all OK, to celebrate life, running and that spirit of going on," Ruthann Venrick said.

Many of the runners and walkers wore blue and yellow, some ribbons, which were signature colors of the marathon.

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