By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
With the Boston bombings less than two weeks ago, organizers at Kansas City's Trolley Run went to great lengths to keep everyone safe.
The Trolley Run is the nations largest 4-mile race.
With more than 10,000 runners and thousands of spectators, race co-chair Megan Paone said she scrambled to make sure Sunday's race ran smoothly.
"We did say no bags or backpacks. We want to keep our runners and spectators safe," Paone said.
But to keep things convenient for the runners, race officials transported gear between the start in Waldo and finish on the Country Club Plaza.
"We met with Kansas City police right after the Boston bombing and just wanted to make sure everyone is feeling safe," Paone said.
Runners, like Mark Hechler who finished the Boston Marathon just minutes before the bombs went off, say Sunday's race was secure.
Hechler said he will continue to run, but his experience in Boston did make him think twice about a large race.
"It was something that stays with you. You never forget that," Hechler said.
The Trolley Run raised about $500,000 for the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.
"The idea is to get our family involved in a charity that is close to our hearts. The Children's Center for Visually Impaired has been instrumental in our lives for the last 14 months," Matt Nickson said.
When Nickson's youngest son, Jude, was born, they discovered he was blind.
"We were lost and didn't know what to do. Medical professionals said you need to get in touch with CCVI. We had heard of the Trolley Run, but we didn't know what it benefited," Nickson said.
The Nickson's receive weekly therapy sessions that comes into their home for Jude. They say CCVI has helped them every step of the way from feeding, walking and sleeping.
The Nickson's said they're grateful, that despite the terror in Boston, 10,000 people ran to show support for CCVI.
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