It’s the marathon of all marathons, the Boston Marathon. Runners from the Piedmont are ready to go back to Boston.
“It’s amazing. It’s everything everyone’s ever told you and more,” said Clark Doggett, who ran in last year’s Boston Marathon. Doggett’s race was cut short when the two bombs went off at the finish line.
“Although all of us received a medal, you didn’t cross the finish line,” he said.
Reid Bolinger made it to mile 25 before race organizers stopped him.
“It’s sad to think that there are people in the world that do things like this,” said Bolinger, who ran in last year’s Boston Marathon.
It was both Bolinger and Doggett’s first time running in the Boston Marathon and they are going back to finish what they started.
“[I’m] a little anxious but really just excited to go back. It’s a great city,” said Bolinger.
The two bombs killed three people and injured hundreds. In the midst of the chaos the runners saw Boston’s kindness.
“They offered me food. I was shaking they offered me a coat and something to drink,” said Doggett.
Dena Harris ran the Boston Marathon in 2010 and this year she says she had to run it again.
“This is about coming back together and pride and re-doing the race and not letting the events of last year get us down. That part of it means a lot to me,” said Dena Harris, a marathoner.
It’s going to be a tough race but the runners and the city of Boston are tougher.
“I want to keep it together until I cross the finish line,” said Doggett.
The Boston Marathon is Monday. Bolinger is running for One Fund Boston, a charity that helps the victims in last year’s attack.