DUBUQUE, Iowa - 24 hours after organizers put out the call, more than 100 runners showed up.
For Marathon Runner David Fortin the memory of Marathon Monday is still fresh in his mind.
Fortin said, "we got to the Boston Commons and they stopped the train and they told us immediately to get out of the subway."
Like the other runners in Dubuque Fortin bought a yellow and blue shirt. hey say, it's the the least they can do.
Runner Phil Jensen said, "Dubuque is a running town. Anytime you're on Grandview Avenue you can see a lot of runners but also it shows the concern all us runners have for those families. "
Organizers sold the shirts both online and at the starting line. T-shirt sales alone have already raised more than $5000. People living in 25 different states have purchased the shirts.
Organizer Renee Cochenour said, "there is that feeling as you're approaching the finish line. There is nothing better than the anticipation of actually going across. And to picture all the people who had that taken away from them. "
That's a feeling, Fortin and the rest of this bunch live for.
"I wouldn't be scared to go run again," said Fortin, "It's that comradery that you get in a running crowd. "