Greater Springfield Harriers headed to the Boston Marathon

22news is traveling along with the runners as they ride the bus to the Boston Marathon.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A bus full of western Massachusetts residents is headed to the Boston Marathon.

From its humble beginnings in 1897, the Boston Marathon become the most venerable footrace on the planet. This year’s edition has drawn 30,000 runners from 99 countries – the third-largest field in the history of the race.

The Greater Springfield Harriers are once again traveling to the Boston Marathon on a bus.  The bust left the Riverdale Shops off of Route 5 in West Springfield at 6 a.m.  A stop was made in Palmer to pick up some more runners around 6:30 a.m., and more than 50 people are on board the bus total.

Runners can use the bus as a headquarters until the start of the race in Hopkinton.  At the end in Boston, the bus will be waiting to pick up the marathoners.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Pagliei is traveling with the Harriers today and will have live reports throughout the day on their progress and a look at the weather they will be running in.

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