First timers joined Boston Marathon veterans on Greater Springfield Harriers bus

It was a great day for the Boston Marathon.

HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a great day for the Boston Marathon. 22News joined the Greater Springfield Harriers Monday morning as they made their way to the starting line in Hopkinton.

For some members of the club, it was their first time running the Marathon.

Kevin Decodo, from the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club, told 22News that he was a little anxious for his first run, “A little nervous I’ve trained for this I’ve wanted to do this since I was 14 years old and this is my opportunity and I’m going to take it, and I’m going to finish it whether I’m running jogging or walking. I’m going to cross that finish line.”

But for others, it has been a tradition they do every year. Nick Hopler of Amherst told 22News: “I do it every year. This will be my 23rd year in the last 25 years.”

Every runner has a different reason for taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.

Tears came to the eyes of Marsha Byrd of Michigan, who told 22News her reason for running the race Monday: ” I’m running for the Molly Bish Foundation I’m sorry I don’t mean to cry already but obviously should know about the foundation Its just really special.”

One treat for runners this year was the weather. Nothing but sunshine, blue sky, and mild air.

Thousands of people poured into Athletic Village early Monday morning wearing anything from shorts to trash bags. Any clothing left at Athletes’ Village, as well as the start, and finish line is donated to charity.

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