Charlotte's running community numbers in the tens of thousands. On the day after the Boston Marathon tragedy, many members are thinking about ways to offer help and support to those impacted by the blasts.
"The running community has already started talking about a couple different ways to respond to this," said Tim Rhodes, the owner of 3 Run For Your Life stores in the Charlotte area.
Rhodes also organizes some of the area’s biggest road races. Now, he's trying to organize community events to give people an outlet for their grief and frustration over the bombings.
He isn't alone. Stephanie Pezzullo said she has numerous friends who ran the race in Boston, including some injured in the explosions.
"You just feel like you want to be there doing something rather than just sitting here," she said. "You can go on Facebook and Twitter and just see the Charlotte community coming around, coming together, really just saying, 'What can we do?'"
This weekend, race organizers say they're considering asking runners to observe a moment of silence before the races begin. Already, a memorial run and candle ceremony are planned at Alexander Middle School for anyone who wants to come.
Rhodes said as the running community continues searching for respectful ways to help and honor those involved in the tragedy, he also wants to send a message.
"Let's face it. Nothing is sacred any more. Not a movie theater, not an elementary school, not even a road race." But he added, "We don't quit. We're not going to stop running. We're not going to stop participating in events. We're not going to let them win."