Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The lives will never be the same for those impacted by the attack. However, there are Vermonters ready to make an impact by attacking Monday's marathon head on.
"Given the events, it was important for me personally to be back there this year" South Burlington runner, Mike Kennedy said.
Kennedy finished last year's marathon about an hour before the bombs went off. It was an unnerving experience, but this year will prove people's resolve, including Kennedy's, won't be shaken.
"For me, it's just important to finish, to be there really. Hopefully to finish strong for the people that were so impacted by that day," Kennedy said.
According to Run Vermont, about 150 Vermonters are registered to run in this year's Boston Marathon. That's close to the same number of participants from last year. The numbers haven't changed, but the reasons for running Boston certainly have.
"I had plan to not run Boston. I had ran it two other times and felt like I did really what I could there," Richmond runner Jess Cover said.
After Cover watched the events of last year unfold from her home, she had a change of heart.
"I really decided that to run for those whose lives had been forever changed," Cover said.
"I turn sixty a couple of days before the marathon and I thought running Boston at sixty would be a nice birthday present," Huntington runner, Bob Sayers said. "But certainly the events of last year certainly reinforce my desire to go."
Mike Kennedy's desire to go grows with each training session regardless of the weather.
"This winter hasn't been great to run, but I thought a couple of times, there's a lot of people out there who were there last year that would love to be able to run, no matter how cold it is, how rainy it is or how snowy it is," Kennedy said.
Committing to a solid decision to remain Boston Strong.
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