People flooded the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Wednesday to help local marathon bombing victim Nicole Gross and her family.
"She's been affiliated with the aquatics center and aquatics community for many years, and we all want to do something to help her out," said Jeff Carwile, facilities manager for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, aquatics division.
Athletes got an hour of training for any donation. Jamey Yon showed up to help coach the workouts.
Yon wanted to support Gross in her recovery because, he says, watching her in triathlons inspired him.
"I'm sure she's got the personality to get through it. This is her plan God created -- she's going to do great things," Yon said.
In the weeks since the Boston tragedy, swimmers, bikers and runners have all held various events for the same cause, determined not to give up until everyone impacted in the community is back on their feet.
"That's what being a competitor is. You help each other. Whether you're on a bike ride and you fall, someone will stop and help you out. It's all about being an athlete. If you fall on, that's what life is about, and that's what we all hope to strive for," said swimmer Mike McGettingan.