Army Sgt. Jason Heney hoped to symbolically complete the marathon he began in Boston but couldn't finish Monday.
"At first, I didn't believe it," said Heney. "I couldn't believe that somebody could do something like that to a marathon."
Heney was back in a pack of runners when the two bombs exploded at the marathon finish line.
Wednesday, he was among more than 60 runners who ran a 26.2 minute mini-marathon as a show of support for the bombing victims.
"There were several of our team's members that did get to the finish line," said John Kimbler, of Team Red White and Blue. "Some never did because they stopped in the middle to go and start helping thei njured.
Kimbler's group sponsored the run as a way to say thanks to its members, and to remember the victims.
The track at Hedrick Stadium is a quarter-mile around, which means the runners had to circle the track eight to 10 times. The first lap was run in silence to remember and pray for the marathon victims.