Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Local Runners Race in Boston
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
BOSTON (WENY) -- A year after the tragic events that took place at the Boston Marathon, over 36,000 runners laced up their running shoes once again.
A handful of runners from the Southern Tier traveled out to Boston as well.
WENY News spoke to Laura Ball and Brendan Glover last week as they prepared to run the race again. Brendan finished ahead of the explosions last year. Today he completed the race in 2 hours and 48 minutes. Laura was on Boylston Street as the bombs went off last year. Today she finished in 4 and a half hours.
Dave Weiss, age 65, of Corning finished in 4 hours and 29 minutes. Chris Cowden, age 40, of Johnson City finished in 3 hours and 9 minutes. And Tom Ketchum, 42-years-old, also of Corning finished in 3 hours and 34 minutes
Runners say there was a huge law enforcement presence today.
"It was painful but it was emotional too particularly after last year," said Glover. "At the athlete village at the start of the race there was quite a law enforcement presence. There were FBI bomb checks and different law enforcement there as well."
Nearly 4,000 police officers were monitoring the race, including hundreds of undercover investigators.