Orlando's IOA Corporate 5K run a success - FOX 35 News Orlando

Orlando's IOA Corporate 5K run a success

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Organizers of the Orlando Corporate 5K say the run was a great success.  There were no major safety issues, and it was all about running in remembrance of those victims in Boston.   Participants say the run was about sending a message.

"It's a statement for everyone to come here and say you're not going to create fear with us, we're going to live our lives, we're proud to be who we are and we're gonna do it any way,"  said runner Nicci McDonald.

Signs of support for Boston were everywhere, beginning with a moment of silence, and as the race started the song "Sweet Caroline" was played – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer even wore his Boston Red Sox hat.

"That's the American spirit that we're not gonna let bad people keep us down, we're gonna live our lives and we're gonna show them and show up," Dyer said.

Nearly 16.500 runners participated-- many to show their support for the victims in Boston, including Heather Schultz who also ran in the Boston Marathon, and was determined to run again today.

"I probably normally wouldn't have ran 3 days after doing a marathon, cause I'm actually pretty sore, but I felt almost obligated to be here," Schultz said.

Schultz had finished the marathon and was in her hotel with her family when the bombings happened. "Things crosses my mind on the way here just to be more vigilant I think and not take my safety for granted," Schultz said.

Safety was top priority at the race -- police walked with bomb sniffing dogs before the race and even ran along with runners in full tactical gear, something runners appreciated.

"It's good that we ramped up security here but also we showed a lot of support for Boston," said runner Marvin Bustamante.

Organizers say a portion of the money raised from the 5K will go directly to the One Fund that's been set up for the victims in Boston.

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