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Updated Apr 15, 2014 - 10:23 am

Phoenix runners remember Boston Marathon victims

Participants in a community run to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings are shown. (KTAR Photo/Martha Maurer)

PHOENIX -- To mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, nearly two dozen runners gathered for a community run Tuesday in Phoenix.

"I've ran 64 marathons since age 50," said Lyle Langlois, who is approaching 84 years old.

As a runner, participating in Tuesday's run was something special for him.

"I ran Boston when I was 60 in 1990," he said.

Before the run started, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema led the group in a moment of silence to mark the somber anniversary.

"Take a minute or two to just honor and remember the lives that we lost and the survivors," she said. "Some of them who can no longer run."

The run took off from Runner's Den near 16th Street and Maryland in Phoenix. For 30 minutes, community members old and young ran side-by-side along a nearby canal and finished near the Arizona Biltmore.

"We're kind of a family, every runner in the world felt the impact of that day," said Christina Martinez.

She will be running this year's Boston Marathon on Monday. As part of Team MR8, Martinez will join Sinema in the run to benefit Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who was killed in the blasts. He was the youngest of the three victims who died that day. More than 260 people were hurt when the twin explosions went off near the finish line.

"A young spectator who probably grew his own affinity for running," Martinez added. "Maybe someday he would have been the one crossing the finish line."

The runners who will join Sinema ath this year's marathon are also raising funds for both the Richard family and the Boston One Fund.

Arizona state Sen. Katie Hobbs was training to run this year's Boston Marathon along with Team MR8 but she broke her leg during the annual House-Senate softball game last week. That didn't stop her from being at the community run.

"I've done a lot of half marathons, but never a marathon," she said. "When this opportunity came on I realized I could do it."

She will still travel to Boston and said she plans on training again once her leg heals.

About the Author

Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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