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Marathon runners say this year was very emotional

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Runners say it was an emotional Boston Marathon, especially as they turned onto Boylston and saw the crowds, where two explosions turned the race into chaos last year.

“It was very emotional there were some points along the way earlier in the course where I was getting choked up just thinking about what had happened and thinking about the survivors and thinking about the people who lost their lives. But making that last turn on to Boylston Street and seeing ahead of me a place where I had seen such horrific images from last year emotions really ran high,” Anita Moller said.

Thousands of runners said they felt they had to run this year.

“We're united in one spirit and we’re all doing it for those who couldn’t finish last year and for those who lost their lives,” Adrian Broca said.

There were moments of beauty as family and runners reunited at the Boston Common.

Wrapped in metallic ponchos many runners said the race felt both normal and special, knowing they were all united in reclaiming the day helped send them to the finish.

“I was thinking Boston Strong, especially as I was approaching the finish line. I was thinking Boston Strong and that really helped,” Joanna Slisz said.

Runners say the weather was just one of the reasons Boston was beautiful Monday.
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