Increased security and increased excitment at marathon starting line

Runners and spectators keep a moment of silence at the finish line in Hopkinton.

HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP)–As runners and spectators made their way toward the Boston Marathon route, they were faced with increased security measures.  22News was the starting line in Hopkinton as the excitement for this year’s race began to build.

As a voice came over the loud speakers, “Once again welcome to this year’s edition of the Boston Marathon!” thousands of runners and those ready to cheer them on, made their way to the Boston marathon starting line.  Many remembered their experience at last year’s race.

“It was pretty frightening last year, not being able to find everybody.”  Judy Ciccariello, from Waltham, was there cheer on her daughter, a graduate of Chicopee’s Elms College.

“Last year was her first year, and got stopped at 25.9 miles,” Ciccariello said.  Ciccariello and her family were confident this year’s race would end much different.

Runners and spectators went through several security checkpoints before reaching the starting line on Main Street in Hopkinton to help make sure that would happen.

“There’s just more presence of the military and police and stuff, which at the end of that day that’s great.  You know as long as everything goes off without a hitch and we have a great marathon day that’s all that matters,” Hope Hayman, from Hopkinton, told 22News.

“This is bigger than all of us.  And I think everybody sort feels that and I think the city really feels that everybody, whether you’re in the city or outside the city feels like they’re coming together for just a really triumphant moment,” Laura Kelly, from Ashland, said about why she went out to cheer runners on.

Prior to start of the race, Governor Deval Patrick said no there had been no specific threats against Boston, or this year’s race.

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