United We Run raises money for Tucson shooting victims

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson is pulling together two weeks after the shooting tragedy.

Sunday morning hundreds strapped on their tennis shoes for a 5k run benefiting the victims.

The event was about strength rather than sorrow, even Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is changing his tone.

Avid racers and leisure walkers, survivors and rescuers.  All of them gathered for the United We Run event to take another step forward.

"I'm a little relieved and I think its giong to be a great time for everyone," said runner Sarah Seavy.

"Tucson is not just some crazy wild west place there's a lot of great people who love and care for each other here," said Det. Kurt Dabb from the Pima County Sherff's Dept.

It's been two weeks since the Safeway shooting. The day Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik sparked a war on words, and set off a new debate on gun control.  Sunday he scaled back.

"We were overwhelmed with shock and sorrow then some of us, like me, got angry and said some things that mabye could have been said better," said Sheriff Dupnik.

The course took runners west on Magee, south on Northern and east on Ina, past the shopping center where it all happened.

"We originally wanted to do it at a park but I came up with the idea of running it by the actual scene because I wanted it to be memorable I wanted people to realize what they were going out for," said event organizer Jennifer Moseley.

At the finish line, participants thought about the victims.

"We came ahead and we just wanted to show our support," said Kristen Nelson.

And they relfected on the sheriff's remarks.

"I think a lot of people said what they were feeling at the time," Erin Brink.

"He apologized if anyone thought he was out of line but I thought he was fairly in line," said Nelson.

There was no controversy Sunday, no theories, no what ifs, only support.  Runners say the race was symbolic of just how far everyone has come.

"Right at the corner where it happened, was just very heart warming."

All of the proceeds from the race benefit the victims fund.  No word yet on how much money was raised, but factor in the $25 fee plus t-shirt sales and organizers are already calling it a success.