finish line. "It was a little sad, walking up Boylston Street and remembering."
"We are not nervous," he said. "We know the police will be here to protect people."
Families celebrated Easter, diners enjoyed the spring weather at sidewalk cafes, and runners easily identified by their trim builds and colorful jackets picked up last minute supplies for what will be the second largest field in the history of the Boston Marathon.
"I never had any doubts about coming back," Campbell said. Still, she felt a weight this year when she collected her bib near the Nike Lebron Soldier 10 Green
Corral added that it was especially important to him and his teammates to return this year, to support Boston and each other. "As the signs say, Strong, he said. "That why we come back."
planning to cheer her on near the finish line, along with their two daughters.
"So many of us are running this year because of that day," said Justin Jackson, Nike Shoes Zoom Basketball 32, of Chicago.
But runner Susan Campbell, 41, of Waverley, Nova Scotia, said she felt completely safe returning to Boston this year.
Preparing for Monday race has been emotional, he said. While it had not initially occurred to him to be nervous about another terrorist attack, a bomb scare on Tuesday night "regenerated the worry that there might be crazy people out there."
"What are the chances of it happening again?" said her husband, Andy Legere, 41, who was Nike Zoom Metcon 2
Ricardo Corral, 53, of New York, who planned to race in the hand cycle division of the wheelchair race on Monday_his eighth marathon_said he was reassured by the heightened security.
In many ways, it felt like any other pre marathon Sunday in Boston.
But even as runners focused on the exhilaration of crossing the finish line, the festive atmosphere was inevitably tinged with sorrow, as runners, family members and spectators recalled the twin bombings at last year race that killed three people and injured 260.
That determination was echoed by many runners, including Scott Johnson, 54, of Atlanta.
"There a sense of resiliency," said Johnson, executive director of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people who have lost limbs and has raised money for last year bombing victims.
"It different, coming back," said Nike Kyrie Black And White
There have been other tense moments such as when an alarm went off on Friday, during the Runners Expo at the Hynes Convention Center. People were spooked, Goldstein said, even though it turned out to have been a test.
Festivities and Tight Security
At City Hall, a fast moving line of several hundred runners and their families stretched around the building, where race organizers served a pre race pasta dinner.
Marathon runners were blessed at an emotional church service that celebrated Easter and remembered the victims, while heightened security measures, including bag checks, were in place at marathon events.
Gisele Goldstein, 55, of Germantown, Tenn., who planned to run her 12th Boston Marathon this year. "It not just me_there a sadness."
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