ATLANTA -- Atlanta has always had a very vibrant running community.
However, over the last 40 years one man has been the Pied Piper of his own local version of Hamelin.
In 1973, Jeff Galloway finished fifth in the Boston Marathon. And on Monday night, he gathered about 100 friends and customers from Phidippides Atlanta, his running store in Ansley Mall, to run for Boston.
It was a night of meaning for those who live for running and love the symbol of their sport -- the Boston Marathon.
"I'm changing when all of a sudden a huge explosion and it was like a war zone," Dennis Murray said.
The war zone for the Johns Creek resident was the finish line. He just cleared the area long enough to collect his seventh Boston Marathon medal
"Sirens came and everything else, and I tried to find my wife in 45 minutes and it was panic city," he said.
Mike Wien and his friend Bishop Leatherbury were there too. They traveled to run and they did.