Today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Three people lost their lives and nearly 300 injured.
As many head into town with heavy hearts full of anticipation, twelve local runners prepare to join their fellow athletes.
Many like Shreveport's Laura Nanda have made the trip early. This will be her 7th consecutive Boston Marathon. Last year she crossed the finish line 20 minutes before the bomb went off.
"Right now I'm in Boston near the finish line for the memorial. This is a very different feeling this year. Heavy feeling on the town right now. Coming back has a meaning for me certainly," Nanda said.
It's a similar feeling for 70 year old Bill Peatross. This will be his 40th marathon. Jacket ready and spirits high, he says this race has a deeper meaning.
"This one is a bit different. It's more of a heart tug. If you think back to the people who suffered, I didn't know them but I shared a common bond. They were runners," Peatross said.
While many from the local community are long time marathon runners, it doesn't mean everyone.
It will be Tomi Swaim's 3rd. While her family will be by her side, one person is missing.
"It's going to be very emotional. I lost my Dad about a year and a half ago and he wasn't alive to see me do the first marathon. So when I'm running I feel like he's with me," Swaim said.
We here at NBC 6 want to wish our local runners and all running in the Boston Marathon, good luck and safe travels.
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