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Local runners ready for Boston Marathon

Boston -- One year ago, a pair of explosions killed three and injured more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, one of the countrys most iconic sporting events.

On Monday, more than 36,000 people will participate in this years event, including runners from Rochester who are looking to prove that they too are Boston Strong.

Kathy Champagne of Brockport is one of those runners. She participated in last years marathon, finishing ahead of the explosions.

Im really just going to try and enjoy the race and be happy, Champagne said. And I feel blessed to have the opportunity to come back.

Another local runner in this years race is Jason McElwain, better known in our area as J-Mac. He qualified by running last years Rochester Marathon, breaking the qualifying time for Boston by 4 minutes.

Webster native Peter DiMartino, who was injured at last years marathon while cheering on his mother, will not be returning to Boston this year.

His wife was also injured in the bombing and has since had 16 surgeries on her leg.
He sent his best wishes to this years runners, saying in a statement, Its exciting that its still happening, and I wish everybody the best of luck this year.

About 4,000 police officers will be on the streets of Boston for this years marathon, 500 of them undercover. Feeds from more than 100 cameras will be monitored by tactical units.

A small memorial will sit alongside the finish line to remember those killed or hurt in last years attacks.

13WHAMs Evan White will have live reports from Boston Tuesday at noon, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00. Well have continuing coverage at 10:00 on Fox Rochester and 13WHAM News at 11:00 Monday night.

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