An annual race which takes thousands of runners through downtown Toronto took on additional meaning on Sunday, coming just days after the tragic events that came at the end of the Boston Marathon.

Thousands participated in Toronto’s Yonge Street 10K on Sunday morning, many of whom wore bibs and other clothing that referenced the attack on the Boston run or the city itself.

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Thousands of runners participated in Toronto's Yonge Street 10K run on a cold, but sunny morning on Sunday. (CBC)

Race director Alan Brookes said that while the running community was "deeply shocked and saddened by the events in Boston," having a chance to enjoy a peaceful run into the city's downtown seemed like "the best medicine."

The morning run was sunny, but cold, for the people who had signed up for the journey down Yonge Street, which took participants from a point north of Eglinton Avenue all the way down to Fort York Boulevard.

The fastest woman across the finish line on Sunday was Lanni Marchant and Kip Kangogo was the fastest man.

With files from the CBC's Natalie Kalata