Local Marathon Team Stands United in Tutus

Monday, Apr 21, 2014  |  Updated 8:58 AM EDT
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Local Marathon Team Stands United in Tutus

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A group of runners from Fleet Feet in West Hartford is running the Boston Marathon.

You’ll be able to spot one Connecticut team of runners at the Boston Marathon this year by the outfits they decided to wear.

They are running in orange tutus and said it is to show there solidarity as a team as well as their strength.

Three members of the team are running the Boston Marathon for the first time.

“Just ready, excited,” Wendy Ku, of Farmington, said. “Like a kid in a candy store.”

She began training with her running partners at Fleet Feet in West Hartford in January and said the race has so much more meaning this year.

“Definitely with everything that happened last (year), this is a great opportunity for the running community to band together and honor those who were victims during last year's tragedy,” she said.

Lisa Pillow, of West Hartford, is part of the team and this will be the third marathon she runs.

“It's just an incredible experience and I look forward to being part of it this year,” Pillow said.

Erika Wisniewski, of Farmington, is also a member of the team and said the run will be a healing experience.

“We all wanted to show some solidarity as a running group and some strength out on the course. We're all going to hopefully finish together,” Wisniewsk said.

More than 500 runners from Connecticut have signed up for the marathon. 

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