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Boston Marathon survivors, supporters run through Newtown

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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

On Friday, Boston Marathon survivors and supporters who are running on a cross country trek stopped in Newtown to share grief and hope with family members of Sandy Hook victims. 

Everyone involved in this event hope that this will be the start of beautiful friendships between families who have been through so much. 

"It's a beautiful gesture, it's an honor to be part of it," said Mark Barden, Daniel Barden's father. 

Barden, whose 7-year-old, Daniel, died at Sandy Hook, says the two groups who were brought together by grief strengthen each other through hope. 

"To see these communities that have suffered so much connect through this event and see all this love and support. It's what it's all about," said Stephanie, a runner. 

The marathon survivors swung through Connecticut as part of the "One World Strong Trek." They're running more than 3,000 miles across country, their journey began in Boston and ends in San Francisco. 

Friday's trek started in Waterbury and ended in Redding. The runners want to thank supports and raise awareness. 

"This is a reminder that people suffer tragedies everyday all over the world. It's never forgotten, but it can bring people together and you can move forward, whatever comes your way," Stephanie said. 

As Barden crossed the finish line after today's three and a half mine run in Newtown, he felt great. He felt like his son Daniel and all the other victims of these two tragedies were with him every step of the way. 

"His spirit was with me, the people from Boston's spirit was with me, and I had the wonderful Newtown community all around us. It was an honor to be part of it," Barden said. 

A few family members of 9/11 victims also came to Newtown on Friday to be part of this special day. All of the participants enjoyed spending time together at a private meeting after the run ended. 

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