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Fans return to Forum to watch Boston Marathon

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BOSTON (WHDH) - One of the enduring images from the aftermath of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing was former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi carrying a woman to safety.

This year Joe, and the rest of the Andruzzi Foundation were in the exact same spot at the Forum Restaurant again to watch as their team of runners came by toward the finish.

“It was a no brainer. We knew and Forum knew where we wanted to be this year. We're here to finish what we started,” Andruzzi said.

Forum had an invite only party this year, along with Andruzzi were two women who met last year while waiting for their daughters to finish.

“She didn't finish, she was near Kenmore Square when the bomb went off. She's running again this year,” Fran Gregor said.

After the blast last year, they couldn't find each other; Monday was the first time they've seen each other since.

They admit, it was difficult coming back to this spot for the marathon, the memories are still fresh and painful.

But the women, Andruzzi and all his friends, knew they had to be here.

“We're making new memories, having a grand old time today. Lots of smiles in people's faces,” Andruzzi said.

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation raised more than $450,000 this year,
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