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Marathon runners come together to run against violence

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Some Connecticut residents who ran the Boston Marathon six days ago said they felt compelled to come out and run again, this time in the name of violence prevention.

Undeterred, John Williams is hitting the pavement less than a week after coming within a mile of finishing the Boston Marathon.

"I had passed the Citgo sign, it was just coming up on Hereford Street," Williams said. "Surprisingly, I didn't hear anything."

The visual was all he needed to realize, terror struck. Williams said he couldn't find his family who were waiting for him at the finish line.

"You just know the confusion," Williams said. "Something you never could imagine in your lifetime, that you were part of a terrorism issue, and yet you are."

In New Britain, Williams and other marathoners, such as police Chief James Wardwell, laced them up for a unified 5k race. Fittingly, it supports violence prevention.

"I'm here to remember them and show my support, against all violent acts. My legs are incredibly sore," Wardwell said. "I just ran a marathon, I ordinarily wouldn't race today, but I had to suck it up and do it."

More than 400 runners participated in the second annual Enough! A Race to End Violence' 5k Sunday morning.

Organizers told Eyewitness News in light of Monday's bombings, they wanted to give runners an opportunity to reflect.

"I still tear up as thoughts go through my mind," Williams said. "Just seeing fellow runners here today, you hug each other, you know what it means."

Many people told Eyewitness News the incident reignited their passion to run. They said they'll enter many more races as the year goes on.

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