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Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:35am
El Paso, TX — While Boston continues its recovery, many local and visiting athletes took the time to honor the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. Hundreds of athletes got up bright and early Saturday morning to compete in the the second annual Mighty Mujer Race.
"This being all women, I thought it was gonna be pretty fun," said triathlete Catherine Blowe.
The race is a combination of a 300 yard swim, a 15K bike ride and a 2 mile run. Many train for months.
"Really to just keep fit, having fun kind of training the circuit that we're gonna be racing today and just have fun," said triathlete Leticia De Santis.
Many were feeling a runner's high.
"I love it. It's awesome. It's a thrill man. Really cool," said triathlete Ruth DeSoto.
But while it's about hoping to place in the competition, meeting your personal goals and overall fitness, today it was also a chance to remember those affected in a recent tragedy.
"I thought about Boston the whole time actually," said DeSoto.
The runners were able to empathize with those crossing the finish lines on marathon Monday.
"Sad doing something amazing like running in Boston and something like that happened you know," said triathlete Catherine Blowe.
It didn't detour the participants from competing, but instead pushed them to keep going.
"Thinking of all those that participated and the loss that they went through and everything and so it kinda pushed me to keep doing."
The tragedies that stunned America last Monday, will not detour the ladies from doing what they love.
"Actually my dream was to do the Boston marathon," said DeSoto
Athletes from all over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, and Mexico participated in today's race.
"I think we gotta just keep living our lives and racing is a good way to show American pride and the fact that we're not gonna back down," said Catherine Blowe.
The next triathlon in the borderland is the Eagle in the Sun, which takes place September 1st.