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Midlands runner pays special tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing victims

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For the past year, people around the world have been showing their support for the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings. It's a movement known as Boston Strong.

A Midlands woman has played a special role in honoring the runners and spectators. Elizabeth Gray is a former Marine. She's also a runner. She runs to raise awareness of domestic violence, but recently, she ran to show people affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings that South Carolina supports them.

It's all still sinking in for Gray.

"I'm just this girl from South Carolina, trying to raise money for a good cause," said Gray.

The pictures she has don't do it justice.

"A lot of tears, a lot of emotion, but yet, a lot of spirit. You know, that's one strong city," said Gray.

Just days before the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Gray ran by where the bombs exploded. She stood where the victims stood. She made it across the famed finish line.

"We stop 50 yards before, to allow survivors to walk in front of us. We walked with them, behind them, supporting them. We walked through the finish line together and it was one of the most amazing moments of my life," explained Gray.

She took part in One Run for Boston, a charity running relay across America.

"Very special runners, very special people that I got to meet," said Gray.

She even got to meet the cowboy-hat wearing man, Carlos Arredondo, now known as a hero. He pulled people to safety after the bombings.

"After I tell him how proud I am of him, that I am, he says to me, I am proud of you," said Gray. "It was wonderful."

"There's no stopping runners. There's no stopping America. People are going to try to get us down, there's no stopping us."

She will be at this year's Boston Marathon, cheering on the participants,and letting them know, South Carolina, is Boston Strong.

Gray will also be on the new Sports Illustrated cover. They took the picture at the marathon finish line.

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