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Spectators reflect on marathon

Spectators reflect on marathon

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By: Samantha Lavien


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Boston pride wasn't hard to find at the Attleboro train station Monday afternoon as dozens of people decked out in Bean Town gear returned home after the marathon.

"Boston Strong, everyone was saying that Boston Strong. We came together anyway we did it anyway,” said Jennifer Dajan.

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets for the race. In fact there were so many, that Bolyston Street reached capacity just before 1pm.

"We were behind the barriers before they got closed so we got to see our cousin cross the line,” said Mike Gleason.

Many say it was the kindness of the masses that stood out most this year.

"There were so many people just saying good job to people they didn't even know. Strangers coming up to people and saying awesome job today, they didn't even know the people. It was just kind of an atmosphere that was loving and very caring,” said Tim Gill.

"The environment was like really happy, really crowded, no negativity like last year,” said Haley Brogan.

Haley and her dad were at the marathon last year when the bombs went off.

"I was kind of afraid to go back so I'm glad we did,” said Haley Brogan.

It's a sentiment that was shared by many who felt it was important to return this year.

"I wanted to see my sister run again. My niece was a mile out last year and didn't get to finish. We wanted to see her finish and be there to support them, and just to go back and not be afraid,” said Lisa Gleason.

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