Some run for fun, others run because they say it's therapeutic. Regardless of the motivation for running, this year's Boston Marathon will be one filled with emotion.
"It took me a couple of weeks just to get back into the game of running," said Tracy Lokken, participant in this yearâ??s Boston Marathon.
"It's already hard to talk about. I know when we get there will be a lot of hype," said Bill Sved, runner in this yearâ??s Boston Marathon.
Hype is putting it mildly. Last year's tragedy at the Boston Marathon seems to resonate with people across the country, even right here in the U.P. The tragedy even inspired one runner to return to the race after a brief hiatus.
"One of the reasons I'm even going back is because I just want to go back and support the town of Boston. They've always been so good to the runners and it's such an event for them," said Greg Borzick, returning to the Boston Marathon this year.
Getting to the marathon is no picnic and it doesn't seem like there is a right or a wrong way to train.
"I don't really follow a program. I mean there's a lot of programs out there by world renowned coaches and things like that. You know I'm a self coached guy," said Lokken.
As training winds down and it gets closer to race day, it's very encouraging to know that all four of these competitors are feeling comfortable.
"Not even really worried about the threat or anything. Just wanted to go back," said Barbara Trudeau, participating in her second Boston Marathon this year.
"I think my mom is the most worried, but like Bill Sved said, 'It's probably going to be the safest place on Marathon Monday,' " said Borzick.
Not everybody can have nerves of steel like these four, but there is no doubt that Boston is as strong as ever.
This yearâ??s Boston Marathon takes place on April 21.