Pride, Strength at Kent Marathon

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KENT, Ohio – Her words held deep meaning.  “Nothing deters runners.”

Melissa Mondello’s comment was made Saturday when asked about the snow flurries that came down on the marathon she founded.

But the statement was also a nod to the spirit of the running community and the many who endured the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing just days before her event.

About 140 people raced in the On My Own Two Feet Marathon in Kent Saturday.

Mondello, who is also the race director, said there were no concerns about safety and the run was just what many needed.

“I’ve never been prouder to be a runner, the way that everybody came together today.  I feel honored that everybody came out and is standing strong, and I’m just happy to be here,” she told Fox 8 News.

The On My Own Two Feet Marathon raises money for survivors of domestic violence.  Some of the money will also be donated in support of those in Boston.

Two explosions near the finish line of Boston’s race left three people dead and many wounded.

One of the suspects was killed, the other was captured Friday after a massive manhunt.

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