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Corridor Runners Prepare for Boston
IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- One year ago Tuesday, explosions rang out at the finish line of the Boston Marathon while runners in the Corridor watched in horror.
"Why would somebody affect a running race?" Khris Vickroy remembers thinking.
"I could have gone last year," runner Tom Ries said. "It kind of ruined my day."
"And it was really hard, especially the day of the race to know, hey, I'm supposed to be there and I'm not," said runner Brett Stephenson.
Stephenson knows what it's like to run the Boston Marathon -- he's competed three times.
"Boston was like nothing I had ever experienced in my life," he said.
He was training to go last year, but had to back out at the last minute because of an injury. He knew his fourth time to Boston had to be this year.
"I think it's going to be one of those moments in time that I'm going to remember forever," he said.
Vickroy is going for the very first time, and by a hair, he said.
"I sprinted the last three miles because I wanted to make sure I got in," he said.
Thanks to increased security measures at this year's race, Vickroy is not worried about being safe while running, or having his wife and 10-year-old son watch.
"The security is so intense this year that it's actually making it difficult for runners," Vickroy said.
Runners will not be allowed to have bags at the start line to hold extra food or clothes. Still, he said it won't keep him and his family from being Boston Strong.
"Every year they support the runners and they embrace them and complete strangers are going to be treating you a little extra special," Vickroy said.
Ries plans to run the marathon in two to two and a half hours. "I'm trying to convince myself that I can run that fast right now," he said.
Ries qualified for Boston before, but has just never gone. He, like the rest of the runners he will line up with on Monday, know just how important it is to race as one team this year.
"Running it this year symbolizes that all of the runners are going to unite and come back and show that stuff like that -- as devastating at it is -- isn't going to ruin our spirit as athletes," Ries said.