With extra security measures in place, runners took part in the City Parks Foundation's annual Run For The Parks in Manhattan on Sunday.
The four-mile run through Central Park, which is a qualifier race for November's New York City Marathon, opened with a Boston native giving an emotional rendition of the national anthem, followed by a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Some runners also wore blue t-shirts and special bibs labeled "I Run For Boston." The New York Road Runners club raised about $30,000 to help Boston victims from the sale of the shirts.
"We immediately wanted to find ways to help, and our runners wanted something to do and they wanted to come together," said Mary Wittenberg, the CEO of New York Road Runners. "Having something visual helps people, so we wanted to give people a chance to make their own statement about running for Boston. So the back bibs and the shirts, and of course running in honor of the victims, we wanted to do the black bows."
Paul Sullivan was at mile 25 of last week's Boston Marathon when the bombs went off, but said he would not think of skipping Sunday's race.
"We're not going to let them stop us and it's just so important that here in New York City, one of the best cities in their world, they're not going to absolutely let it stop them," Sullivan said.
More police and security were on hand for the Sunday race. Runners were encouraged not to bring bags and those who did bring bags or vehicles anywhere near the course were searched. Garbage cans were also removed from the race route.
Runners did not seem to mind, and some thought this may now become the norm.
"It wouldn't hurt. I'm not against security," said runner John McCarthy.
"We will continue to look ahead at future race and I think we will retain a number of the elements of added security that we put in today," Wittenberg said.
For the most part, the four-mile qualifier race went off smoothly. Police did stop a biker along the course who was wearing a backpack, but determined he was carrying kayaking materials.
The course was diverted briefly as a precaution while that was investigated.
So far, the New York Road Runners have raised about $38,000 to go toward One Fund Boston, which helps people affected by the tragedy, and the running group will continue in their efforts.
September 11th Memorial Run Held Near WTC Site
A five-kilometer run and walk through Lower Manhattan that was held on Sunday in memory of the September 11th attacks took on new meaning in light of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The route began at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park and went past key sites that tell the story of September 11th.
Security was also increased at the event, some of the runners said it was vital to take part in this event.
"I think it's real important never to forget what's going on in the world, and remembering 9/11 has been really important to me. And now with everything that's been happening in Boston, it's very important to get out and show support for all our heroes and others that are out there every day," said runner Glenn Diedrich.
"Initially it was for my father, who suffered a stroke. He was a retired police officer from Brooklyn. And now I want to do it more so for Boston," said runner Larissa Stubbs. "I was a little apprehensive, but I know that New York will take care of its runners and the supporters and volunteers all for today."
Governor Andrew Cuomo helped to kick off the event and there was a moment of silence for victims of the Boston attacks.
Proceeds for the race went to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.