Nearly 30K runners participate in 126th Boston Marathon

BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Thousands of runners are hitting the streets for the 126th Boston Marathon.

Monday marks the first full-scale Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day since 2019. The annual race was canceled in 2020, and postponed in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Burrillville woman is joining more than 30,000 runners getting ready for this year’s race. Candice Burroughs is running the marathon for the first time, for her friend Kendra Cucino-Dallesandro, who had her leg amputated following a motorcycle accident.

Burroughs is running as part of a team for the Heather Abbott Foundation, which provides prosthetic devices to limb loss victims of traumatic circumstances and organizes a team for the Boston Marathon every year.

The day will kick-off with the men’s wheelchair division around 9:02 a.m., and followed by women’s wheelchair division at 9:05 a.m. A full race schedule is available on the Boston Athletic Association website.

The 26.2 mile course will start in Hopkinton, through the Boston suburbs and into downtown, and end in Copley Square.

Officials said security is the number one priority, as the shooting on a Subway in Brooklyn last week and the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 remain top of mind.

About 120 officials from federal and state agencies will coordinate safety procedures from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s bunker in Framingham.

As part of the security plan, helicopters flying low over Boston will measure radiation levels among the marathon route.

For those headed to the race, street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, the North End, and Government Center.

Organizers urge the public to use public transportation. The MBTA is adding extra trains to help with congestion.

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