MIT Strong: Group honoring fallen officer in Boston Marathon

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March 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney, Cambridge, Mass.) - They are running to remember. They're not afraid. They're not intimated. They are MIT Strong.

That's the name of a team that will be running the Boston Marathon this year to honor the memory of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, allegedly by the marathon bombing suspects as they tried to avoid capture.

"Together, as a team, we're strong," said Julie Pryor. "We're going to take this city back, we're going to take this day back, and that's what motivates me."

"This is very personal for me," said Stephanie Kloos. "I didn't know Sean Collier, but I was at the marathon finish line last year."

The runners say bombings and the death of Collier brought the campus together. MIT Strong includes faculty, staff, alumni, undergraduates and one member of the MIT police force.

In all, there are 38, including John Cunniffe, who was unable to finish the marathon last year so decide he would this year.

"You have to go back and finish it, you know?" he said. "Unfinished business."

Chad Galts also decided to run for his own personal reasons. His kids see the marathon in terms of the bombings, which is not something wants for them.

"For me, trying to redefine the event for my kids is a really important thing," Galts said.

It's been a tough winter to train. But several members of MIT Strong said the memory of Collier kept them going, even in some of the most difficult conditions.

"This is what we want to do," said Pryor. "We're here to honor the legacy of somebody whose life was taken, and he gave the ultimate sacrifice, so running in the polar vortex, to me, it's not a big deal."

The money raised by MIT Strong will go into a foundation in the name of Collier.

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