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Vt. marathon runners chart a course for Boston

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One year ago a deadly attack rocked the Boston Marathon changing countless lives forever. On Tuesday that city honored victims and their efforts to move forward and folks in Burlington came together to do the same. 

It was a wet cold afternoon in Burlington but it did not stop one group of dedicated runners. The athletes turned out to pay tribute to marathon victims and their loved ones in a quiet run along the water.

Many of these marathon runners are charting a course for Boston.

"I think if anything, from tragedy comes triumph and that's where we are headed now," said Ryan Polly, race organizer.

But this year they're preparing for a race that's about much more than making it to the finish.

When last year's Boston Marathon Bombings killed three and injured hundreds of others it shook longtime marathon runner Jess Cover to the core. She was not at the race, but many of the people she runs with were.

"So many of my friends were right there and just knowing that life is really short and you can lose anybody at any time," said Cover.

Tuesday she joined about 20 others for a run along the waterfront in Burlington to mark a year since the blast.

"For us it's so important to just take that few moments to remember what happened but also to prepare ourselves for moving on and healing," said Polly.

Polly organized the simple tribute. The Williston athlete was running in Boston when the bombs went off. He's helped raise more than $17,000 to help the marathon victims since the blasts and says he's reminded of them all the time.

"I was out running yesterday and there were a ton of sirens and a car accident in Williston and it brought me right back there," said Polly.

He and Cover will be back on Boylston Street next week to give the race all they've got.

"A lot of my friends were there and I just decided if I have the chance and I have a qualifying time that I should do it," said Cover.

Do it they will, for their friends and all those whose lives were forever changed on an April morning they'll never forget.

"We are going to celebrate that day, and we are going to celebrate the lives that were lost and all the families that were affected by it. We're coming back and we can't be put down," said Cover.

This year's Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 21.

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