Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 00:56
April 21 - Boston tightens security as 36,000 athletes prepare to run in the first marathon since last year's deadly bombing attack. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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The 118th Boston Marathon is back.
Around 36,000 athletes from all over the world are running.
It has been one year since twin bombings near the finish line killed three people and injured 264.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER KAREN MCLAUGHLIN SAYING:
"Once I'm on the course I'm going to be running for the victims, and I'm going to run my best time."
Boston officials have vowed to balance tight security with a feeling of fun.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER BILL EVANS SAYING:
"There are eight cities and towns here that are involved. You know, if it's a stadium you can wand people going into a stadium, you can check bags. 26.2 miles is quite a lot of yardage to cover and secure, but I think we have a great plan to do it."
5,000 people were unable to finish the race last year due to the bombing.
This year, race organizers have expanded the field by some 9,000 runners.
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