“It makes you a little nervous, but proud at the same time,” Elyse Mendenhall, a runner from Riverton, said.
Marathoners wore ribbons as a show of solidarity and as an extra tribute the song “Sweet Caroline,” a Boston tradition, played at the start of the race.
Even though many Boston spectators were caught in the blast zone, those cheering on their loved ones in Salt Lake said they had no worries.
“I absolutely have no fear at all,” Mitch LaMoure, a spectator said. “I think it was a false flag and I think everyone is plenty safe.”
LaMoure and his wife Kristin traveled to Utah from Sequim, Washington to cheer on their daughter who was running the marathon.
Detectives and intelligence specialists were the eyes in the sky as they looked for anything suspicious along the route. They tracked surveillance cameras and online tips to keep runners safe.
Rob Duehlmeier from West Jordan said this was his 50th marathon. He ran the Boston Marathon a few years ago and said Saturday’s run was extra special after what happened in Boston last week.
“I came out here to show that you can't scare us away,” Duehlmeier said.
His attitude was shared among many other runners who said they crossed the finish line not just for themselves, but for the victims in Boston.
“You can't dampen the spirit of a marathon runner,” Kristin LaMoure said. “They're the wrong people to pick on.”