Boston Marathon runners in the Tri-States prepare for this year's race
By Kendra Whittle, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Here in the Tri-States, local runners are remembering the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings and their own experiences running in Boston.
One Rushville man was just blocks away from the bombing after completing the race, while a Quincy woman was a few miles from the finish line when the bombs went off.
Chris Trone and his brother Doug haven't looked at pictures from last year's Boston marathon much. But on the one year anniversary of the bombing, the brothers took a moment to remember the experience, and just how close they could have been to getting hurt.
"Had I gone straight around to the other side, I would have been waving him off and he would have been right there when the number one bomb went off," Trone said.
For Jeri Conboy, it's just six more days until this year's race, so she got in her seven mile workout. As she kept pace without stopping, she remembered the abrupt halt she was forced to make just a few miles before finishing last year's marathon. She also recalled all of the emotions as she learned what had happened.
"Blocked the street and just told us that we were stopped and didn't really have any other additional information for us. So I think it was an hour of us standing there really not knowing what was going on," Conboy said. "Of course I was upset and angry for a lot of other reasons like everyone else there, and concerned for the people who's lives were changed by this."
Conboy says there was never a question. She knew she would run this year's boston marathon. She's determined to complete the full race, and she knows other runners won't let last year's experience keep them from competing.
"This is not a group to pick on. These are people who train for weeks to run 26.2 miles, despite the conditions that day. And most runners don't want to quit."
Trone will also be in Boston next week and once again, Doug is coming along. He says this race is really a testament to the american spirit.
"We like our liberty, and more than anything, I think when things are put up in front of us more than ever, then our spirit to be determined to do something we want to do won't be stopped by something like this," Trone said.
Both runners say race officials have been in contact with them about heightened security, but one big change they're aware of is the amount of gear they will be able to carry with them at the starting line. It's significantly less, and no one is allowed to have backpacks.
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