Marathon runners making final preparations for big run

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of people from around the world will anxiously head to bed Sunday night before competing in the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday.

There are 30,000 runners from 87 countries in the Greater Boston area Sunday night, getting ready for the big race. They speak different languages, they’re of different athletic levels, but many of them share something in common right now: they’re having pasta for dinner.

Whether they’re carb-loading, taking one last look at Heartbreak Hill, laying out their lucky running gear, or maybe just saying a prayer, they’re excited and they’re ready to run.

It’s been non-stop down by the finish line all day since 7am Sunday. Athletes, their families, and just passersby have been coming down to take photos of what will be the light at the end of a 26-mile tunnel tomorrow.

22News found runners on both ends of the spectrum Sunday; some are trying to keep their feet up the night before they run, others just want to soak up all of Boston and this tradition that they can.

Stacey Ladoux from Washington said, “Just eating right, drinking lots of water and staying hydrated. Usually it’s not walking around sightseeing. We’re just trying to take it all in and enjoy the history and the people.”

“I’m one of those, ‘do whatever’. Eat, drink, have fun. I don’t worry about it too much. It’s only 26 miles, we’ll get there one way or another.”

On 22News at 5AM Monday, 22News will introduce you to some runners who talk about what this race means to them two years after a terrible tragedy.

Stay with 22News on the air and online for complete coverage of Marathon Monday.


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