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Local runners ready for 2014 Boston Marathon

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The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there. The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Many local runners are prepping to travel to Boston in three weeks to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Some of those runners say they’re making a special effort to insure this race is a special one.

Just more than a year ago, Kimberlie Meeker and her husband crossed the finish line on Boylston Street just before two bombs exploded.

“They have quarantined everything,” Kimberlie Meeker said. “We had police tape around our hotel room because we were pretty close to the finish line.”

The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there.

“After we got through the shock of what happened, we were like, ‘OK, we need to go back,’” Kimberlie Meeker’s husband David said. “Everyone is going to be here next year and it’ll be an important race to be in.”

Runners will face extreme security in Boston this year and those who have had a taste of it already said it is comforting.

The race organizers have taken away runner’s big yellow gear bags but fanny packs are allowed.

“I ran in Chicago this past October and that was the first big race since Boston,” runner Tracie Rodriguez. “Seeing that (security) gave me more reassurance it was going to be OK this year.”

Local runners will not only support Boston with their hearts this year but also with their feet.

“Most of our friends run a marathon here or there but everyone wants to run Boston this year. Everyone,” said Kimberlie Meeker.

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