One Year After Last Year's Bombing, Bowling Green Runners Prepare for Boston Marathon

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- Last year's bombing shook the emotions of the whole nation, but a couple of our Bowling Green neighbors say they are not letting the acts of last year's race prevent them from running one of the most prestigious marathons in history.

April 15, 2013, 2:59 in the afternoon, three people died and 264 were injured after a bomb exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon. Almost 23,000 people had already crossed the finish line.

Although a year has passed, the unfortunate event still remains in the forefront of the nation's memory. Organizers are not letting last year's shocking experience retain them from the festive and traditional character of this year's event.

With 36,000 runners signed up for the race, Bowling Green runners are also on board to experience the 118th Boston Marathon.

"It's the “grand daddy” of them all," said Bonita Paul, Boston Marathon runner.

The runners say the skepticism is acute compared to the experience of running the race.

"Life goes on. It happens, you don't want it to happen, but you just deal with it. You can't let others stop you from doing what you enjoy and love," said Kevin Lashley, Boston Marathon runner.

Lashley has ran the Boston Marathon three times and says this race stands above all other marathons.

"It's different. There are more spectators there than any other race. You run shoulder to shoulder the whole time, it's just an exciting race," said Kevin Lashley, Boston Marathon runner.

Bonita Paul, an experienced runner, says this is her first experience at the Boston Marathon's 26.2 mile course.

"Everything that happened a year ago is definitely a motivator for me to do it and be a part of it. It's such a tragedy. It's just a big honor for me to be there," said Bonita Paul, Boston Marathon runner.

Both, Lashley and Paul, plan to run the race together and say they are confident in this year's security plans.

Organizers have doubled last years security, scheduling 3500 police officers to patrol. This year's race, set for April 21, has 9,000 more runners signed up than last year's marathon. Nearly one million spectators are expected to attend, doubling from last year's number.

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