Trial on the minds of many as Marathon Monday nears

Penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial will begin the day after famous race

Heavy equipment is setting up the reviewing stands near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

BOSTON (WWLP) – There is much excitement throughout the city of Boston as athletes continue to arrive before Monday’s marathon, but the ongoing trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still casting somewhat of a shadow over the event.

Last year’s marathon was emotional for runners, spectators, and the city: the one year anniversary of the bombings that tarnished a treasured tradition for Boston. This year’s marathon is also unique; although a year further in healing, it’s happening right in the middle of the trial.

Friday morning, 22News talked to running legend Bill Rodgers, who’s running his 40th Boston Marathon this year. He called this race “priceless. “

22News reporter Juli McDonald asked him what it’s been like to be a part of this throughout the years, and how it’s changed since the tragedy. He had some inspiring words for 22News. Rodgers said since the deadly attacks two years ago, we’ve seen just what the Boston Marathon is all about.

“We can see it’s a sport for everybody. It doesn’t matter who you are, your race color or religion. Nothing. Everyone comes together. That’s different. We really need that in the world,” Rodgers said. “It’s a day of peace. That’s what I think about running.”

As for jurors in the trial set to continue Tuesday, the judge told them not to attend this year’s marathon or any related events.

Stay with 22News both on the air and online for continuing coverage on the 119th Running of the Boston Marathon. Juli McDonald be in Boston all weekend leading up to Marathon Monday, as well as Tuesday for the first day of the penalty phase in the Tsarnaev trial.

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