Published: Apr 17, 2013 5:39 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 17, 2013 10:14 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.,- A 5k run and walk was held to show support for runners everywhere. Participants are hitting the pavement as a symbol of unity for the tight knit running community rocked by Monday's events.

"I think if there were anything to be said about the running community, it's the word "unity" at the end of community," said FIT2RUN Store Manager, Kimmi van der Veen.

The colors blue and yellow have never meant more to van der Veen. Those two colors represent the 117th Boston Marathon.

"We are all different walks of life, all different paces, speeds, distances, we might even participate in different sports, but there is just an unspoken bond amongst runners," van der Veen explained.

She says the running community is one of the strongest out there and they are stronger when they run together.

"Being involved in the running community has never required validation, but when you have an event of this magnitude and of this nature, it validates who you are at the core and your soul as a runner."

So they lace up, hit the pavement, and they run.

"Tonight is particularly close to our hearts because we are going to run united for those affected by the tragic incidences that occurred on Monday at the Boston Marathon's finish line," van der Veen told WINK News.

Each participant was given a blue and yellow ribbon and a "Remember Boston" bib to wear.   A moment of silence was held to honor the victims.