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Local runners prep for Boston Marathon

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By Dana Griffin



PROVIDENCE, RI- The 26.2 mile trek was cut short for many last year.

Andrea Ambs crossed the Boston Marathon finish line exactly 4-seconds before the first bomb went off.

"When bad things happen and I don't think they'll stop happening but, when they happen, we are strong enough to over come it,” said Ambs.

Barrington runner, Dan Horton said, "It's kind of in spite of all that, you know, it kind of gives you even more strength; you know, fight back."

Runners are excited to hit the pavement on Monday. They've been training all winter, but completing the race is more about showing terrorists they can't hold the American people down for long.

Also making a statement is the Old South Church in Boston, also known as the “finish line” church.

It's been giving out yellow and blue hand–knitted scarves to runners. 7,000 were created and donated by people from all over the country. Dan's scarf comes from Sandy Ott in Long Beach, California.

"I was given the scarf by one of the parishioners. She put it around my neck and said, ‘God bless you on Monday morning as you run the marathon’," said Horton.

Towards the end of the race, runners expect to feel an overwhelming rush of emotion.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to run first off and then also to be able to have all those hearts on our minds the whole time," said Ambs.

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