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Local Runners To Race In Boston Marathon

Reported: Apr. 9, 2014 4:27 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 13, 2014 10:46 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- (Dave Benton) The one year anniversary of the Boston Bombing is Tuesday. It happened April, 15th 2013 when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

That celebration of one of the most famous marathons in the world quickly turned into a bloody scene. The Tsarnaev brothers were responsible for the explosions which killed three people and injured dozens of others.

Two runners in our region plan to head this weekend to Boston and run in the marathon on Monday.

Ricky Campbell is a Marshall University student, but finds time to race in as many marathons as he can.

"One of my goals in life is to do a marathon in each state," he said. "I've gotten in nine of them."

Campbell said running in the Boston Marathon will be a mix of emotions.

"I'm still a little hesitant just because I mean the question is 'What if?,' " he said. "I don't see how it's possible to keep a 26.2 mile block safe. But, I definitely want to go."

Ricky's friend Chris Strow will be by his side during the race. Racing in the Boston Marathon has always been Strow's goal and he's trained hard. Like Campbell, Strow said he won't let what happened last year at the finish line keep him from staying home.

"You always think of it and know what people went through," Strow said. "You want to honor them and the process."



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