Boston Marathon Weekend: B.A.A. 5K Race

Boston is surging with energy ahead of Monday's big race

BOSTON (WWLP) – Athletes who will compete in this year’s Boston Marathon are in the city and going for their final short distance runs ahead of Monday’s big race.

You can feel the energy throughout the city of Boston whether you’re a runner or not. Athletes are wearing their pride in marathon colors, and messages in store front windows are wishing them luck.

Some 10,000 runners are participating in the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 5K Saturday morning. It’s the first event of marathon weekend. Athletes, city residents, and marathon bombing survivors are starting in Boston Common, then running through Back Bay, and crossing the finish line.

As much as there is this noticeable excitement throughout the city, it’s hard for some people to ignore the painful memories brought up by the ongoing trial.

22News spoke to some of the athletes about the heartbreaking letter from the Richard family, asking for life in prison for the bomber who killed their son Martin.

Alison Clapp told 22News: “As much as I think, if ever someone was worthy of the death penalty it’s him, I think we should respect what the Richards feelings are and not drag them through court trials for years and years”

This week the judge told jurors in the trial not to attend the marathon, nor any associated events.

The penalty phase is scheduled to begin Tuesday. 22News will be there.

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