The explosions at the Boston Marathon hit home for a group of lake area residents.
"My first thought was, how horrible for something like this to happen," Jim McDermott of the Lake Area Runners said. "It really hit home because this is what I do."
McDermott recalls sitting at his desk at Spirit FM when he found out about the tragic events in Boston. He had just finished watching part of the marathon and then opened up his email right in time to receive the news.
He immediately thought of his weekend plans.
"I have to run faster than ever this Saturday so I can qualify for next year's marathon," he said.
McDermott and a few other Lake Area runners are gearing up for the Garmin Marathon in Olathe, Kansas. He was planning on trying his best to qualify for the Boston Marathon before the explosions occurred.
Even miles away from Boston, McDermott wanted to do something to show support for the victims.
"I sat there and thought, 'What could we do? We have shirts. I can wear mine tomorrow. Why can't I encourage others to wear theirs to work?' " he said.
About eight to 10 runners sported their bright yellow Lake Area Runners shirts on Tuesday. This simple act raises awareness and shows support for the victims.
McDermott began running in the summer of 2010 and almost at the age of 60, he will be running his fifth marathon on Saturday.
For McDermott, running is a chance to "feel good, look good and do good things," which sums up the outpour of the Lake Area Runners' support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Even with Monday's tragedy, McDermott said he will still try to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon.